My first Eye Test

by Jasmine, aged 4¼

Follow Jasmine as she gets her eyes checked for the first time.

Free NHS Eye Test

All children under 16 qualify for an NHS voucher entitling them to a free eye test.

If you're at all worried about the expense of having your child's eyes tested, don't be. All Eye Tests are free for children under 16. They will also be entitled to NHS optical vouchers, which will help with the cost if they do need glasses.

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Your Child's Eye Test

We know an Eye Test can be a little overwhelming for some children. Especially if it’s their first one. That’s why we’ve made the whole process as welcoming, as fun and as child friendly as possible.

Child's Eye Test

While there are aspects which are similar to an adult Eye Test, the children’s test does use equipment and a number of techniques which have been adapted to their specific needs. For instance, if a child is unable to read, the familiar letters chart is replaced with one using pictures and shapes.

Child's Eye Test

This doesn’t mean your child’s Eye Test will be any less thorough or insightful - allowing your Optometrist to make an in-depth assessment of eye health, vision and expected levels of development and growth.

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Child's Eye Test

My first eye test
by Jasmine age 4¼

Watch our approach to children's eye examinations, as Jasmine gets her eyes checked for the first time at our Derby Sadler Gate Store.


Children’s Eye conditions

A child’s vision usually keeps on developing up until the age of seven or eight. Up to this age, it’s often far easier for us to detect any eye problems. And it’s important that any problems are identified as early as possible because they can have an impact on a child's development and education.

Eighty percent of what a child learns is via their vision. And any problems which remain untreated could see them falling behind in class, perhaps leading to emotional problems and even a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or another cognitive disorder.

Spotting the signs

A report by the Association of Optometrists has highlighted the fact that one in five children have an undetected eye problem.

This is why it is so important to get your child tested early, so that any potential problems can be identified and managed. However, there are signs you can look out for yourself.

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Children and the Sun

Experts have warned that 75% of parents are risking their children's eyesight by exposing them to bright sun without appropriate protection.

Our sunglasses range starts from £15.

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Children and the sun