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Old 2nd November 2019, 06:35 PM
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Well Free Eye tests for all British citizens in the UK regardless of country of residence is news to me - if that's true without
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It would certainly save time and give more choice, Spain or the UK while visiting friends and family.
I am called by the hospital each year. I always have an argument with the nurse who wants to put some drops in my eyes before going in - I ask her what they contain and she doesn't know, so I refuse to let her put them in. They contain Benzalkonium Chloride as a preservative to which I (as are many other people) am allergic and has been responsible for the damage to my corneas such that I can no longer see properly without using my own solution. Good isn't it, my eyesight has been seriously compromised by the drops prescribed by the ophthalmologist for glaucoma.

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Some Opticians in UK offer free tests but I suppose it is added on the price if glasses are bought.

How would you be able to prove someone in the family had glaucoma? do you just tell them?
Yes, AFAIK

I never buy from the opticians, I just ask for the prescription.

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Yes, it's free for everyone in Spain. And they do all the glaucoma tests etc routinely.
Exactly, so there's really no reason for UK citizens who are resident in Spain to get a free eye test in the UK as it's free here in Spain too, unless there's not an optician near you in Spain...

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Exactly, so there's really no reason for UK citizens who are resident in Spain to get a free eye test in the UK as it's free here in Spain too, unless there's not an optician near you in Spain...
That’s nit what I’ve been told here, but I will check again today with a friend. Free eye tests here are only with the state healthcare eye tests and the appointment is at least 6 months wait otherwise it’s an opticians and they will not give you the prescription unless you buy glasses from them

I will check that out again today though as I may well have misunderstood

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Exactly, so there's really no reason for UK citizens who are resident in Spain to get a free eye test in the UK as it's free here in Spain too, unless there's not an optician near you in Spain...
At one point (not so much now) glasses and lenses were much cheaper in the UK so it made sense to get it all done whle you were over there visiting relatives or whatever.

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That’s nit what I’ve been told here, but I will check again today with a friend. Free eye tests here are only with the state healthcare eye tests and the appointment is at least 6 months wait otherwise it’s an opticians and they will not give you the prescription unless you buy glasses from them

I will check that out again today though as I may well have misunderstood
Private opticians don't charge for eye tests. They aren't allowed to.

I would imagine that it does apply to residents - but in 16 years no-one has ever asked if I'm resident, not even in the early days when I barely spoke enough Spanish to get through the eye test.
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Just as an aside

I need reading glasses.

A couple of years ago I had a cataract operation on one eye. It means I now need different strength lenses, 1.25 one eye, 3.50 the other

Over thirty years ago I had my eyes tested by a specialist in Harley Street. He said that if I did not want ‘posh’ frames to buy the cheapest reading glasses I could find as the lenses were all same

Since then I followed his advice.

With my requirement for different strength lenses , I now buy two pairs in the market, with identical frames. One 1.25 the other 3.50. I then remove one lens from each frame replacing it with the lens of the other strength. i then have ‘prescription’ reading glasses for about 10 euros.


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