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Old 28-01-2008, 06:00 PM
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Default NHS Eye Exemption cost

I will make this brief....lol

I have been wearing glasses since i was 5 when i turned 18 i decided to wear contact lenses, As there are eye problems within my family I managed to get in to see a specialist at the hospital.

I was quite happily going there every 3 months for the last 14 years and they were supplying my lenses, i never paid a penny, i never questioned it, anyhow the specialist sadly passed away and the clinic was taken over by someone else who told me he wouldn't need to see me anymore, if i had any problems to go and see my gp and discharged me.

I am entitled to free sight tests as I have a complex perscription/lens. I hadnt been to see the optician for about 2 years and knew i needed some new lenses so i made an appointment had my eyes checked and there were growths or something in my eye as the was not enough oxygen getting in......anyway nothing to worry about the optician gave me some new lenses to try out and after a week of wearing them she can see a big improvement, now she has advised me to go for a certain type of monthly disposable lens. at a cost of 15 pm, (better than what she first quoted 25 pm.)

Sorry i'm boring you all now

I knew i was entitled to an NHS voucher towards the cost but had no idea how much so i had to ask her, (she didn't openly say i was entitled to anything, luckly i knew i was)

she came back and told me 13, thats it........sorry boring you all again

when i got home i thought to myself 13 a bit poxy but better than nothing, then i thought how often should i get this 13.

I been digging around on NHS website and all i found was this quote

"maximum value per pair of glasses or cantact lenses 13"

Now i'm thinking i should get 13 off the cost of each pair, the optician never said this. and i'm wondering if there are not allowed to openly intvite this information.

She has provided me with what says is the best kind of lens for my eyes, (some sylican hydrogel somethingorother)

so IMO if i questioned this she could turn around and offer me some cheaper lenses not suitable for me.

I going to phone the NHS line tomorrow and see what they say.

I just wanted to put this out there in case anyone new about these types of things

You can wake up now i've finished

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Old 28-01-2008, 09:36 PM
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that wasnt boring at all

I have no idea about this problem/subject but reading your words I would have thought it was 13 per pair.

Have you considered seeing another optician?
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Old 28-01-2008, 10:17 PM
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Sorry didnt reply i went straight into googling and then straight into serving Dinner

Haven't found anything as yet, but Like Tam I would have thought 13 per pair.

Money saving expert has a thread going at the moment on Spec savers buy1 get 1 pair free.

It seems depending on your circumstances and your perscription as to the amount of NHS voucher you get.
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Old 30-01-2008, 06:16 PM
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So here is the answer you have all been waiting for on this boring story

13 discount on glasses or lenses every two years

(or when perscrition changes if sooner)

So here ends the most exciting thing that has happened to me this week......

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Old 30-01-2008, 07:09 PM
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I would opt for the glasses, and buy disposable contacts, if you cant afford them one month at least you have your glasses. Its not boring Hun, its information that someone else on here might need one day, except their prescription may be different amounts.
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cant wear glasses, they would be about 2 feet thick lol.

I am quite happy to pay 15 pm really, it was just that i hadnt paid anything, ever, should just be thankful for that i guess.

I have learnt that opticians dont offer the info you have to go looking. (which imo is bad)

I have found out that I'm entitled to free eye tests (you'll be surprised at how many people are) and this 13 voucher towards the cost, so not all bad.

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Old 30-01-2008, 08:35 PM
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Have found this, which lists all entitlements including wigs for anyone that's interested.........watch out for the penalty charge though!

http://www.ppa.org.uk/pdfs/ppc/HC12.pdf
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Old 30-01-2008, 08:42 PM
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Funny you should mention wigs, i have hair down my back and was considering shaving it off. I looked up Locks of love on the internet, its a charity based in America that make wigs for children with Alaplechia or other disease with hair loss.

I couldn't find one in the UK? if any one knows of one, you may ( i stress... may!) find me doing a Britney look a like.
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