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NHS Patients - K. McGuinness Opticians - Newton Aycliffe / Washington

K.McGuinness Opticians is an NHS contractor for sight tests and spectacles. This means that they carry out optical services on behalf of the NHS free to patients who are entitled to them.


Free eye examinations are available to:

  • Under 16’s
  • Under 16’s and those entitled to NHS funding on grounds of benefits may also be entitled to a voucher towards the cost of their spectacles
  • Under 19’s in full time education
  • Over 40's with a first degree family history of glaucoma
  • Over 60's
  • Anyone diagnosed with or considered at risk of developing glaucoma by a specialist
  • Anyone with diabetes
  • Anyone with a complex prescription
  • Anyone receiving income based job seekers allowance, income support or pension guarantee credit
  • Anyone entitled to an NHS exemption certificate for family tax credit
  • Anyone reciept of Pension credit guarantee credit
  • Anyone with a vaild NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Anyone with income related employment and support allowance
  • Anyone with valid HC2 certificate, registered blind or partially sighted and prisoners on release