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nobody760

Over 60. In receipt of Pension Credit. An eye test is free that I know
and vouchers will be issued for glasses. For how much - I cant find
any information concerning the value of vouchers. Just peeked in
opticians window NHS frames £40, is that including the value of the
voucher plus the voucher, how much is the voucher? Why isn't there
some sort of transparent notice in the opticians or a NHS Leaflet
stating the value? Or are opticians as I suspect rip off merchants
that have been getting away with murder for years and years?

Apologies for semi-rant!
 
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Martin Davies

nobody760 said:
Over 60. In receipt of Pension Credit. An eye test is free that I know
and vouchers will be issued for glasses. For how much - I cant find
any information concerning the value of vouchers. Just peeked in
opticians window NHS frames £40, is that including the value of the
voucher plus the voucher, how much is the voucher? Why isn't there
some sort of transparent notice in the opticians or a NHS Leaflet
stating the value? Or are opticians as I suspect rip off merchants
that have been getting away with murder for years and years?

Apologies for semi-rant!
Last time my wife used it, it wasn't enough to cover the lenses.
Don't expect it to cover frames and lenses, unless you have really cheap
ones of both.

Martin <><
 
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Exiddor

Over 60. In receipt of Pension Credit. An eye test is free that I know
and vouchers will be issued for glasses. For how much - I cant find
any information concerning the value of vouchers. Just peeked in
opticians window NHS frames £40, is that including the value of the
voucher plus the voucher, how much is the voucher? Why isn't there
some sort of transparent notice in the opticians or a NHS Leaflet
stating the value? Or are opticians as I suspect rip off merchants
that have been getting away with murder for years and years?
My 75-year old aunt, who is on Pension Credit, bought new glasses last
week. She received a voucher for £55 towards the total cost of the
glasses. That was in Vision Express and I remember seeing a chart on
the wall showing the various allowances available.
 
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Ellis

Why isn't there
some sort of transparent notice in the opticians or a NHS Leaflet
stating the value? Or are opticians as I suspect rip off merchants
that have been getting away with murder for years and years?
Some opticians will always try to get as much as they can. I went to the
local SpecSavers and they had on display a range of glasses that were
available within the NHS. I got a pair for reading and one for pair for
longer range. Obviously they are not top drawer, but on the other hand, they
look perfectly ok. You would not know they were NHS glasses. I just told the
staff I wanted NHS glasses and they were very helpful. They did not attempt
to try and sell me anything more expensive. I would definitely recommend
them.

Ellis
 
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John Adams

Why isn't there
some sort of transparent notice in the opticians or a NHS Leaflet
stating the value?
Because the voucher is for whatever type(s) of glasses the Optician
say you need and varies from individual to individual!!
Rest easy. You will not have to pay for the basic spectacles and
frames (if you need them).
Fancy frames and folderols will cost you extra.
 

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