What is PRSI?
The amount you pay towards social insurance is called Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI). These contributions are paid by you and your employer and go towards social welfare payments. How much you pay will depend on the job you have and how much you earn from it.
The Department of Social Protection runs something called the Treatment Benefit Scheme. This allows people who have the right amount of PRSI contributions to benefit from free and discounted optical, dental and oral treatments such as hearing aids. Many people in Ireland who are employed and self-employed are eligible for a free PRSI eye test.
What other PRSI benefits can I get?
As well as optical benefits, PRSI contributions will also entitle you to money towards dental procedures like scale and polish or periodontal treatments. If after your eye test, you end up wearing glasses, you can get payment towards your reading glasses as well as contact lenses. If your treatment costs more, then you will pay the balance. Check the Revenue Irish Tax and Customs website for more information.
How often are you entitled to a free eye test in Ireland?
If you have PRSI or a medical card, you'll be entitled to a free sight test every two calendar years. Sometimes you may need an eye test sooner if you notice any changes in your sight. It's always best to have an eye test as soon as you see a difference, so your optician can spot any issues and deal with them before they get worse.
Should I get an eye test?
There are several reasons you may need an eye test. Our Eye Care Hub has more information on the signs to look out for in terms of eye conditions and any causes for concern. If you do have an eye test and discover you need visual correction, you can enjoy the lowest priced contact lenses and eye care products in Ireland at Feel Good Contacts. Read our blog on why you should try contact lenses.