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Am I Entitled to FREE Eye Care?

Medical Card Claim

Medical card holders are entitled to free sight tests and free spectacles. Patients must assess their eligability to claim before the sight test. Please call in and complete a medical card application form. We will gladly post it to the SEHB for you. Once approved the SEHB will post the form back to you and you are free to arrange your appointment. You are allowed to claim on your medical card every TWO YEARS. You may claim in under two years if you have medical grounds to have a new sight test. Nolke Opticians will have to write an explanitory note to the health board to get this approval.

Prsi Claim

PRSI Eligiable persons simply need to advise our staff when making an appointment. We will need your PRSI number and will use a new secure Revenue Partners web interface and confirm eligability. This process is mostly instant – but on occasion your eligibility check can come back as Que’ed (meaning that we have to wait for a response – which is usually within 24hrs) or Pending* – which means that they are unsure of your eligibility and will need further information from you. Once we have this confirmed the eligable person is entitled to a free standard sight test. You will now also receive an allowance for you spectacles – details of which are listed below. You are allowed to claim every two years on the PRSI Scheme unless you have medical grounds to have a new sight test. This will need to be verified by our optometrist or GP.

* Pending application reply – means that the revenue office requires further information from you.You will need to pay privately for your sight test on the day. Revenue will contact you in writing in the coming weeks and confirm your status. If you are indeed covered for your test they will issue you with a letter which you can bring in to us and we will refund you your allowances.

OPTICAL TREATMENTS 2017

Examinations  
Standard eye exam Free to customer
Domiciliary Visit Exam, GP certification required re mobility Free to customer
Exam with Dilation Free to customer
Repeat exam, when clinically necessary Free to customer; Max of 3 repeats in frequency period
Repeat exam, with dilation, when clinically necessary Free to customer; Max of 3 repeats in frequency period
Ophthalmic Medical Exam incl Dilation (opthalmologist only) Free to customer
Spectacles    
Distance Single Vision (once every 2nd calendar year) €42.37 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance
Reading Single Vision (once every 2nd calendar year) €42.37 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance
Bifocal/Varifocal complete appliances (once every 2nd calendar year) €84.19 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance
*Contact Lenses​ ​* ​  
Contact Lenses (per pair) €42.37 Customer to pay the balance
Repairs    
Lenses To Own Frames    
One Single Vision Lens Distance/Reading €16.46 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance
Two Single Vision Lenses Distance/Reading €32.94 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance
One Bifocal Lens ​ €37.43 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance
Two Bifocal Lenses €74.85 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance
Frames To Own Lenses €12.17 Class 1 free to the customer; Non-scheduled require the customer to pay the balance

Private insurance / Garda medical Aid

Patients with their own private insurance are required to pay for their examination and spectacles. We will supply a receipt with which a rebate can be sought from the insurer.