Eye Tests for Children and Teens

Clear vision for children is paramount for their normal development and education

Vision is closely linked to the learning process.  Eye examinations are important to ensure students and children have clear, healthy vision for their normal development and educational needs so they can perform better at their studies and schoolwork without being hindered by eyesight problems like short-sightedness and long-sightedness.

Even if your child does not complain of any eyesight problems, we still recommend that you book regular eye tests for them so that a picture of their eye health can be built up over the years and monitored for any changes.

Recognising possible signs of vision problems

Vision problems can develop at any age and these may not be noticed by the child’s parents simply because many children do not complain of vision problems but learn to adapt and use the other eye instead.  They assume this is normal.  For parents, it is important to be aware of the signs that may indicate your child has a vision problem as undetected eye problems can interfere with their ability to learn.  Generally, the sooner we can treat childhood eye problems, for example by children’s glasses, exercises or patching a lazy eye, the better for the child’s development and learning process.

If you notice any of the signs below or are worried about your child’s eyesight, please call us to arrange an appointment.  Sometimes the reassurance that comes with an eye examination is priceless.

  • If one eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Holding a book very close to read or sitting very close when watching television
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Excessive blinking
  • Frequently rubbing the eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor hand eye coordination
  • Difficulty learning to read

Most of the time children do not require glasses but a regular eye check allows a picture of their eye health to be built up and for us to monitor their vision over time.

NHS Contributions

Free Eye Tests

Under the NHS an annual eye test is available without charge for all children up to the age of 16, and every two years for those under 19 if they are in full-time education.


Following an NHS eye test children who have been prescribed glasses will be issued with an NHS voucher towards the cost. This will cover all or part of the cost dependent upon their prescription and choice of eyewear. Our friendly professional staff will be available to help you and your child choose from our fashionable range of good quality, stylish frames particularly chosen for children and teenagers in mind.

NHS Contribution to Contact Lenses

The NHS provides help towards the cost of children’s glasses or contact lenses by means of a voucher, the value of which is dependent on your child’s prescription.

We commonly fit children with contact lenses, many wearing contact lenses successfully from the age of 12 years old although some children do start wearing them earlier. When properly looked after, contact lenses offer a safe alternative to glasses. If your child is interested in wearing contact lenses, please mention this to the Optometrist who will organise a trial fitting.

Vision Matters

80% of learning in the classroom is visual.

Good vision is important for your child’s learning and development.

A child that can see “20/20”  can have a vision problem.