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Children’s Eyecare

A child’s vision is very precious. Eyesite Eyecare Centres are dedicated to the care and preservation of young eyes. Our children’s eye examination is more in-depth than a standard sight test. As such, we recommend regular check-ups to be able to identify any potential difficulties early on.

Children’s Eye Examinations are FREE

Childrens Eyecare

Children’s eye examinations are offered FREE, through the NHS, up to the age of 16, or 19 if they are in full time education. Under this care, if spectacles or contact lenses are required, you will be entitled to an NHS voucher towards the cost of your child’s spectacles or contact lenses.

Children who need a second pair of frames or sunglasses after getting one are entitled to get this half price, with our exclusive children’s offer.

Maintaining Good Vision

Maintaining good vision is essential in childhood development. Research has shown that up to 1 million children in the UK have an undetected vision problem (Eyecare Trust Statistics based on DCSF 2013 School Census 0-12 year olds). As the majority of a child’s learning occurs visually, children with undiagnosed eye conditions are more likely to experience difficulty with learning at school (Eye-Inspire, 2016).

It is essential for parents to ensure that their children get regular eye examinations and look out for typical symptoms of visual problems such as:

  • Squinting or twisting up the eyes to see
  • Needing to look closely at books or TV
  • Difficulty and frustration reading, writing or drawing
  • Skips words or lines when reading
  • Poor performance at school
  • Complaints of headaches

If your child has any of the above symptoms, book an appointment  to see our optometrists as soon as possible.  The sooner any problems are identified the quicker they can be resolved so your child can get back to enjoying their vision. If your child is too young to talk or read the letter chart, don’t worry! We use a range of modern equipment and techniques to detect visual problems at any age.

Colorimetry and Visual Stress

Eyesite Eyecare Centres provide diagnosis and treatment of visual stress for dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, migraine and epilepsy.

‘Visual stress can be a major part of the problem in people with reading difficulties, including Dyslexia. This can cause eyestrain, headaches and result in academic under-achievement. Once visual stress has been identified and treated, remaining difficulties become easier to deal with.’

  • Eyesite Eyecare Centres Optometrist and Fellow of the International Institute of Colorimetry, Ian Beasley.

Administering a coloured overlay or filter has been found to ease the difficulty of reading for those with visual stress. Eyesite Eyecare Centres have a range of assessments, designed to accurately identify the type of coloured filter that is required on an individual basis. We are also an approved test centre for those who are interested in ReadEZ products.

NEW ReadEZ

Eyesite Eyecare Centres are now providers of ReadEZ, which is a line of products specifically tailored to alleviate the discomfort that visual stress can create. We have a number of options for children who have visual stress (or Meares-Irlen syndrome), including coloured spectacles and coloured spectacle clip ons, coloured paper overlays and software tint overlays to PC screens.

Whichever your child’s preference, we can tailor the options to ensure that your child has the best possible solution for them. For further information on this, feel free to visit our resource area for colorimetry.

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