Arranging eye care cover in Spain can be confusing for British expats who are used
Should I arrange private insurance cover? Do I need to pay
for optician appointments?
Here, we’ll take a closer look at the most popular cover options
to find which might be best for you.
Do I need to pay for eyetests in Spain?
In Spain, the cost of eye tests will vary depending upon the branch or practitioner you visit. At Specsavers Opticas, we offer a free eye test service (although there may be a discretionary charge in some stores) — here's what to expect from your first eye test with us. Other opticians may also offer this, although some require you to purchase new glasses or contact lenses from them as part of the service, so you might want to ask before making an appointment.
If you have a pre-existing eye condition, or are diagnosed with one while in Spain, your optometrist may refer you to an eye care specialist (oftalmólogos) for treatment. In this case, you will need to arrange eye care cover to offset these costs.
Does the EHIC card cover eye care for expats in Spain?
Although the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles Brits to state healthcare when visiting other European countries, it is only valid for short-term trips. The EHIC card covers healthcare for temporary stays of up to 90 days, making them perfect to use on holidays. Therefore, if you are a UK citizen living abroad permanently, you must seek out alternative measures to cover eye care in the long term.