Regular eye tests show if you need to get glasses or change your current glasses. 

They can also detect early signs of conditions including diabetes, mascular degeneration and glaucoma, before you expereince symptoms, improving the chances of effective treatment.

You need to go to a registered opticians' to have an eye test.  An optometrist will examine your eyes and test your site.  They will give you a pescription if your sign needs correction, or a statement saying that is does not.

Click here to find your nearest optician. 

You are entitled to a free eye test if:

  • you are aged 60 or over
  • you are under the age of 16
  • you are aged 16, 17 or 18, and in full-time education
  • you have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions
  • you are entitled to certain benefits.

You can find more details about who is entitled to a free sight test on the NHS Choices website.

Sight and hearing loss

If you think you should be registered as blind or partially sighted ask your GP to refer you to a specialist. This may mean you can get extra help such as financial benefits and specialist equipment.

Contact The Early Intervention Team for advice and information about special equipment that may be available. Call the The Early Intervention Team on 01429 523390 or email dutyteam@hartlepool.gcsx.gov.uk