Good eyesight is crucial to helping a child develop to their full potential both at school and socially. Anyone can develop sight problems but it is especially important to look after children’s eyes. The eye is still developing throughout early childhood so if problems are treated early, it can make a lasting difference.
Some eye conditions do not display any signs or symptoms so the only way to know for sure is to take your child for a sight test. Your child does not need to be able to read letters or have verbal skills: we can test the eyes of children at any age.
Children now usually get their vision screened once during their reception year at school. For most children this will be the only check they will have on their vision throughout their school career unless their parents arrange for them to have a full eye examination by an optometrist.
We recommend that children have their eyes tested around the age of three. After this first test we will recommend a suitable interval for the next one.
All children are entitled to NHS-funded sight tests and help with the cost of glasses
Children under the age of 16 are entitled to NHS-funded sight tests and an optical voucher. An optical voucher entitles you to help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses if they are needed. The NHS repair scheme covers the cost of replacing and repairing children’s glasses.
Young people under the age of 19 and in full-time education are entitled to NHS-funded sight tests and an optical voucher.
We stock a great range of frames that your children will love, many of them free with an NHS optical voucher.
Offers for children up to the age of 16 years
|– With NHS voucher.|
|– With NHS voucher or special children’s price.|
|– Any of our other frame ranges.|
|– Extra pair, including prescription sunspecs.|
|Terms and conditions apply. Please ask for further details.|
At Newsom & Davies Opticians our dispensing opticians have a wealth of experience in the specialised fitting of children’s glasses, including customised frames and special adaptations for very young children. We are stockists of Tomato frames for babies and Erin’s World frames designed especially for children with Down’s syndrome.
See separate section on control of myopia (shortsightedness) in children.