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NHS voucher values

There are currently 10 optical voucher values. The value of a voucher can range from £39.10 to £215.50, 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.

You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to the optical voucher to the ophthalmic practitioner or a member of their staff.

If you receive an NHS optical voucher, you are free to take it to any supplier of your choice, providing they accept NHS optical vouchers. If your glasses or contact lenses cost more than your voucher value, you will have to pay the difference.

The voucher values are:

Voucher A: £39.10

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.

Voucher B: £59.30

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

Voucher C: £86.90

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.

Voucher D: £196.00

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

Voucher E: £67.50

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.

Voucher F: £85.60

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

Voucher G: £111.20

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.

Voucher H: £215.50

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

Voucher I (HES): £200.80

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

Voucher J: £ 57.00

A voucher for contact lenses following a prescription issued by an NHS trust or NHS foundation trust.

Page last reviewed: 08/03/2016

Next review due: 08/03/2018

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