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Age Related Categories

(Evidence of Eligibility)

Age related categories

  • aged 60 or over
  • aged under 16
  • aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • aged 40 or over and the parent / brother / sister /child of a glaucoma sufferer

If you have had a previous sight test at your opticians, you will not be required to produce evidence of age, as the patient records kept at the practice are sufficient evidence of proof.

Over 60

The NHS now recommends that patients over 60 years of age, who have not visited the practice before should supply one of the following documents as proof of there age -

  • Any official document showing your name and date of birth such as a Birth Certificate
  • *NHS Medical Card
  • Passport
  • Travel Concession Card
  • Driving License
  • State Retirement Pension Book

*To Get a new NHS Medical card you should contact your Local Health Authority (but some no longer issue them).

Under 16

If a child has never been to an optician, or has changed opticians, and is over 13 years of age, the NHS now suggests that the parents should supply one of the following:

  • A Child Benefit order book
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Travel Concession Card - showing name and date of birth

The NHS does recognize, however, that most children and young people come to the practice as part of a family group, who are long-standing patients. In this case it is not necessary to provide proof of age.

Aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education

Proof of age is only required for new patients in this category, however, the NHS also suggests that the patient also produces a document confirming their educational status. If the patient has never attended the practice before, proof of age may be required.

For a patient to qualify for this category, the sight test must be performed and the voucher signed before the patients 19th birthday.

The required evidence for this category is as follows -

  • Child Benefit order book showing current payment in respect to the patient


Valid evidence of age, such as -

  • Birth Certificate
  • Child Benefit order book
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Driving License
  • Travel Card if clearly issued on appropriate grounds of age
  • passport


  • *Confirmation of full-time education.

*Your school, college, university, or your Local Education Authority can supply evidence of educational status.



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