The good news is that all children under 16, and those under 19 in full-time education, are entitled to a free NHS test. If required a voucher will be issued to cover full or partial cost of the glasses.
It’s very important for children to have their eyes checked at regular intervals. Our eyes and visual system develop rapidly from birth to the age of seven or eight. During this critical period any imbalance or weakness in children’s vision should be corrected to ensure normal development.
If there are eye conditions in the family then early tests are even more essential.
At Louise Sloan Opticians our test room has been designed to be child friendly. For example, we have a chart to show pictures and shapes in decreasing size if your child is unsure of their letters or is too young to have learned them. We also carry out a test known as retinoscopy that allows Louise to tell if your child is short or long-sighted or has astigmatism.
We carry out tests to assess your child’s eye muscles, depth perception and colour vision.
We have a selection of good quality and colourful glasses for children if they are required. Our qualified dispensing opticians can get your child’s measurements and recommend the correct lenses.