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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03571: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 7 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider funding in full complex optical prescription lenses through the NHS.

Answered by: Shona Robison 4 November 2016

There are currently no plans for patients to be given full funding towards the cost of complex prescription lenses. However, children, those under 19 who are still in full time education and adults who are in receipt of certain state benefits are entitled to optical vouchers to help towards the cost of glasses and/or contact lenses. The value of these vouchers range from £86.90 to £215.50 dependent on the patients prescription.