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Free Prescriptions and Eye Tests

Presriptions and Eye Tests for over-60s

What is it?

All people over 60 are entitled to free prescriptions and eye tests. If you live in Wales you are also entitled to free dental examinations.

If you live in Scotland then (from April 2011) everyone receieves free prescriptions whatever their age

Can I get it?

If you are aged 60 or over you qualify.

The Department of Health is considering how to implement changes to the qualifying age for free prescriptions to reflect changes to State Pension age. However, as yet no changes have been announced to the qualifying age for free prescriptions in England.

How do I claim?

Tell your pharmacist or optician that you are entitled to a free service, who will ask you to complete a declaration that you are exempt. For more information on free prescriptions and eye tests call the advice line on 0300 330 1343.