Children's eyes - FAQs
frequently asked questions about children's eyes and eyesight
We hope that this page gives you the answer to your questions, however if it doesn't please feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to help.
- How old does my child have to be before they can have an eye test?
A. Children can be tested at any age. It is recommended that an optometrist sees them before they start school and start learning to read. Often, vision problems can be the reason a child does not perform well at school, for example because they cannot see the board. The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment. Children's eyes are almost fully developed by the time they are eight years old so it is very important to have any problems detected before this.
- What are the signs of poor eyesight in children?
A. Some of the most common indications that your child is having problems with their eyesight are:
* Sitting too close to the television
* Looking cross-eyed
* Holding a book to close to their face when reading
- How much does it cost for a children’s eye test?
A. All children under 16 qualify for a free eye test under the NHS.
- How much does it cost for children’s glasses?
A. If your child needs glasses they will qualify for an NHS voucher that enables them to choose low cost glasses from a selected range. Alternatively, for an additional charge, they can select children’s glasses from our exciting children's range which all come at affordable prices. You may also want to upgrade to lenses that automatically adjust to the sun, photochromic lenses, these stop nearly all the UV light which can be damaging.
If you have any further questions about Children’s eye care then please contact us.