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Cost of Lenses

Postby NightOwl » Wed 15 Nov 2017 11:49 am

Hi All,

I’ve found online on the DoH Guidance that the Contact Lens charge under the NHS is £57 per lens. However, my contact lens provider (who provides the service under the NHS) is charging me £65 per lens. When I questioned the price difference, I was told that it was for associated costs such as posting out the lenses (still a bit steep for a first class stamp!). I’m a bit baffled by this as I thought the NHS charge of £57 covered all of this.

Anybody had a similar experience?

Thanks for any and all responses.

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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby Lia Williams » Wed 15 Nov 2017 1:06 pm

The hospital I attend charges £3.00 for postage but nothing extra if I collect my lenses.

If I'm ordering piggyback lenses I would be charged £6.00 as the soft lenses would be sent separately from the RGPs.

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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby NightOwl » Wed 15 Nov 2017 4:20 pm

Thanks for your reply, Lia. Those charges are quite reasonable.

I will be paying an additional cost of £16 allegedly for postage on top of the £114 NHS charge for a pair of lenses. Not a happy bunny :x

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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby Jolly Roger » Wed 15 Nov 2017 11:18 pm

You should not pay more than £57 per lens on NHS and they should be fitting the lenses and making sure they are the correct prescription and fit alright. Sending them out in the post without checking the fit/correct prescription is negligent.

Also when they order the lenses ask them to incorporate some sort of ID which differentiates which is for the right and left eye. Either a dot on one of lenses or one with a blue tint of the edge for left (bLue) and grey (gRey) for left.

Some past informative threads on this subject.

http://www.keratoconus-group.org.uk/for ... php?t=1267

http://www.keratoconus-group.org.uk/for ... php?t=5785

http://www.keratoconus-group.org.uk/for ... php?t=5616

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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby Jolly Roger » Wed 15 Nov 2017 11:18 pm


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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby NightOwl » Thu 16 Nov 2017 5:30 pm

Thank you Jolly Roger. I will read through those links.

I’m not sure how I can argue against paying their inflated charge. Do not want to ruffle feathers by questioning it and have them sabotage me with an incorrect prescription.... :(

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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby Mischa7199 » Sat 18 Nov 2017 2:33 pm

Hi have been having lenses from the hospital for over 25yrs now and the most recent were in fact approx 146 I didnt know there was a cap so will have to check on this
thank you spooo much
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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby Lia Williams » Sat 18 Nov 2017 5:27 pm

Details of NHS Optical Vouchers can be found here:

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcos ... alues.aspx

The confusing thing is that Vouchers A to I are vouchers which are given to people who meet certain criteria:

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcos ... x#criteria

whereas Voucher J is the charge (per lens) to the patient for contact lenses prescribed for or on behalf of the NHS.

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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby Jolly Roger » Sun 19 Nov 2017 12:13 pm

Well done Lia that totally clarifies the issue.

If its prescribed by an NHS Trust/Hospital its currently £57-00 per lens.

You have a 12 month period trial period, i.e if the lenses are not wearable in that period any other lenses that are prescribed are FOC.

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Re: Cost of Lenses

Postby Lia Williams » Sun 19 Nov 2017 3:35 pm

Jolly Roger wrote:You have a 12 month period trial period, i.e if the lenses are not wearable in that period any other lenses that are prescribed are FOC.


I believe that there exceptions to this. If one were to be prescribed daily disposable lenses (unlikely with KC but possible for other medically needed contact lenses) then the charge of £57 (per eye) would be for six months' supply of the lenses. Similarly if the lens was only designed to last six months then one would be charged again for the replacements after six months.

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