Children's Eye-care

Your child is never too young for an eye examination. We recommend their first eye exam around the age of 3 years.

Good vision is essential in every child’s development and regular eye examinations are the key to good eyesight.

A child does not have to be able to read the letters or pictures on the Chart, to have their eyes examined. We can tell how well the eyes are seeing using simple tests and using instruments can see how the child’s eyes respond.

It is claimed that over 80 percent of what a child learns in school is visually, so ensuring that your son or daughter has good vision can make a significant difference in their academic performance.

It’s easy for parents/guardians to think there’s nothing wrong with their child’s sight, not realising that vision can change quickly as young children’s eyes develop.

The NHS provide free glasses for children and at EYEHEAR Opticians & Audiologists (The Spectacle Maker) we provide free cosmetic thinning for those stronger prescriptions. Repairs and replacements are also provided free by the NHS, for under 16’s.

We have a vast range of free kids glasses to choose from.

We recommend an annual eye examination for your children and a parent or guardian must be present when a child is having an eye examination. Sometimes a child needs an eye examination more frequently but the optician will advise when necessary.


  • Excessive Blinking
  • Using their finger whilst reading to guide their eyes
  • Squinting
  • Complaining of tired eyes or headaches
  • Excessive tearing and/or light sensitivity
  • Eye straining or head tilting to see better
  • Peering closely at books & TV
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Closing an eye to see better, watch TV or read
  • Complaining of computer, phone or tablet screens hurting their eyes
  • Bumping into objects
  • Poor performance at school
We understand the test room can feel a little intimidating for a young child so we ensure that techniques are used to make each child feel as welcome and as relaxed as possible.

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