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NHS voucher values for 2014

There are currently eight voucher values. The value of a voucher can range from £38.30 to £211.30, depending on the strength of the lenses you need. 

If, for clinical reasons, you need tints or prisms in your glasses, the value of the voucher will be increased to reflect this.

The voucher values are:

Grade A: £38.30

Glasses with single vision lenses:

  •  with a spherical power of no more than 6 dioptres and a cylindrical power of no more than 2 dioptres.

Grade B: £58.10

Glasses with single vision lenses:

  • with a spherical power more than 6 dioptres but no more than 10 dioptres, and a cylindrical power of no more than 6 dioptres
  • with a spherical power less than 10 dioptres and a cylindrical power more than 2 dioptres but no more than 6 dioptres

Grade C: £85.10

Glasses with single vision lenses:

  •  with a spherical power of 10 or more dioptres but no more than 14 dioptres, and a cylindrical power of no more than 6 dioptres.

Grade D: £192.20

Glasses with single vision lenses:

  • with a spherical power of more than 14 dioptres with any cylindrical power
  • with a cylindrical power of more than 6 dioptres with any spherical power

Grade E: £66.10

Glasses with bifocal lenses (lenses with two distinct optical powers):

  •  with a spherical power of  no more than 6 dioptres, and a cylindrical power of no more than 2 dioptres.

Grade F: £84.00

Glasses with bifocal lenses:

  • with a spherical power of more than 6 dioptres but no more than 10 dioptres, and a cylindrical power of no more than 6 dioptres
  • with a spherical power of less than 10 dioptres, and a cylindrical power of more than 2 dioptres but no more than 6 dioptres

Grade G: £109.00

Glasses with bifocal lenses:

  •  with a spherical power of 10 or more dioptres but no more than 14 dioptres, and a cylindrical power of no more than 6 dioptres.

Grade H: £211.30

Glasses with prism-controlled bifocal lenses of any power or with bifocal lenses:

  • with a spherical power of  more than 14 dioptres with any cylindrical power
  • with a cylindrical power of more than 6 dioptres with any spherical power

Grade I (HES): £196.80

This category covers glasses prescribed by NHS trusts (hospitals) and that are not fall under any of the above categories (A-H).

Comments

The 3 comments posted are personal views. Any information they give has not been checked and may not be accurate.

The mommy said on 19 September 2013

I had my eyes tested in June this year not knowing that i was entitled to an exemption certificate at the time i paid £250 out. then was sent an exemption certificate in August. the valid date was from April. I am a little annoyed that I had to borrow to pay for my glasses as I need them 24/7, when the certificate was valid for before. It took 4 months for this card to be sent out. Now I have to wait to see if i can claim my expenses back !! Why does it take this long ?? I understood this was to help low income people etc....

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MandieMarriott said on 29 May 2013

I am in receipt of a voucher for prescription glasses. I have had to move many times in the last few years. What happens when the two year span has passed and my glasses need renewing as my vision has deteriorated and is blurred? How do I request a voucher for some new glasses? Thank you.

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Ann Hall said on 20 October 2012

You do not mention the cost of varifocals. It may be that they are not included and if so should be shown.

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