Reaching retirement age is a significant milestone in your life and it also a time where you need to be aware of health care costs and what you might be entitled to claim for.
One you are at the official retirement age there are benefits that become available from the government and savings you can make on things like health costs and travel, which might give you a bit more money to enjoy doing a few extra leisure activities in your spare time.
Claiming your entitlement
There are estimated to be at least a million pensioners living the UK who currently fail to claim the benefits that they are entitled to.
As most of us are living longer and are therefore retired for longer, it makes a lot of sense to make the very most of the income you have and you can do this by making use of the benefits that are on offer to help you with things like eye care and other health matters.
You can get a list of benefits that you may be entitled to and this will show you that you can get help with winter fuel costs, Council Tax payments, TV Licence costs and you should also be able to get a free bus pass and even a free passport so that you can travel abroad.
Get your eyes tested for free
Our eyesight changes as we grow older and it is very important that you arrange regular eye tests so that the health of your eyes can be checked and any issues identified at an early stage.
An eye test can pick up diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma and it is also a very good way of identifying general health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. You can get a free eye test every two years if you are over 60 years of age. This increases to a free test every 12 months once you have celebrated your 70th birthday.
It is believed that nearly 2 million people over the age of 60 have not taken up this offer in the UK during the last two years, so make sure you are not one of them, as it is free and it can help flag up any treatment you need to keep your eyes in good health.
Laser eye surgery
A number of older people probably think that they will not be eligible for laser eye treatment on the NHS and continue wearing glasses, when they might benefit and enjoy a solution to certain vision problems without having to pay themselves.
As you will see from the table of typical costs shown here, laser eye surgery does involve a financial outlay if you are not eligible under NHS rules, but it is well worth investigating as laser eye surgery can be very effective in dealing with refractive errors such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.
Laser surgery is available on the NHS for conditions that could lead to loss of vision if treatment is not implements but it may only be available if the NHS body in your area decides that it is clinically effective for you and represents value for money for the NHS compared to other options.
Provided you make a concerted effort to claim for all of the benefits that are available to you in your retirement, you might be able to make enough savings so that you can then decide on the best course of treatment such as laser eye surgery and then be able to pay for it yourself anyway.
Carl Robinson is an eyewear technician of several years. Whenever he has some free time, he likes to sit down and share his insights on the web. You can read his articles on a number of websites and blogs today.