Glasses and the Health Services voucher scheme. Free glasses are still possible… but for how long? There is no reason anyone should be without two lens glasses – at present.

If the administrators are allowed to ration hearing aids , why not ration out lenses as well? One eyed men can be kings!

The Kingdom of the blind

Services reduce access to one lens only?  Free glasses are still possible under the Health Services voucher scheme,  but for how long? NHSreality advises claimants to get on with it if they have not already….

NHS to begin denying people hearing aids for first time – politicians will still deny it….

My own optician (Maggs Optics) has provided the information below. There is no reason anyone should be without two lens glasses – at present. With their tunnel vison the politicians are unable and unwilling to see a comparison with hearing aids..

Some time ago NHS glasses were replaced with the NHS Voucher scheme (help with NHS Costs). This scheme allows a patient who qualifies for an NHS Voucher to use this towards the cost of glasses. Glasses vary in price from optician to optician. Most opticians offer a range of glasses which would be covered by the NHS Voucher. Therefore, there is nothing to pay. The voucher value depends on the power of the lenses and the type of lens. Single vision vouchers currently start from £38.70. Bifocal from £66.80. See (Am I entitled to an NHS Optical Voucher?)

Some examples of those entitled to NHS Vouchers are:-

children under 16 or full-time students under 19

and patient’s recieving benefits such as:-

income support. income based jobseekers allowance, income related empolyment and support allowance, pension credit guarentee credit, tax credits and are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, named on a valid HC2W (Low income)

Nicola Oakley on 23rd September in the Mirror reports: How healthy are your eyes? Expert explains importance of regular sight tests from early age

Alyson Koe in the Derby Telegraph 19th September gives a good account in “Keep a close eye on optic health”…


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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