Children

We love seeing children! And children of ANY age can have a check up. 

  • You can have an eye test without reading any letters.
  • NHS Sight Tests are FREE for children under 19 & in full-time education.
  • Spectacles can be FREE for children under 19 & in full-time education.
  • Extended NHS Examinations can give more time to discuss learning difficulties or contact lenses.

Pre school.  We recommend that ALL children have a free NHS Sight Test, before they start school.

  • Lazy eyes, colour deficiency,  long-sightedness and astigmatism can easily go unnoticed.
  • Remediation of any problems can make a big difference to education and vision in later life.
  • If your child has a family history of an eye condition, a check is a good way to be reassured.
  • Children don’t know how the world should look and very rarely complain of not seeing well.

Primary school age. By this age most squints and congenital prescriptions or obvious problems will have been detected.

  • Learning to read and using smaller print sizes can reveal eye co-ordination and focusing problems that make learning difficult.
  • A free NHS Sight Test may pick this up, but an NHS Extended Examination can give extra time for us to look a little closer.
  • A comprehensive Full Visual Assessment can look in depth at  ‘tracking’ or dyslexic-type problems.

Teenagers and young Drivers. We recommend a check up before taking driving lessons. This is FREE whilst under 19 and in full-time education.

  • This is the age when short-sightedness can develop.
  • The first sign can be difficulty seeing details on a white board or lettering on the TV.
  • We provide great spectacles or contact lenses and can discuss a number of ways that might help to reduce the speed of any further change.