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Perspective strongly believes introducing children to regular eye care is vitally important, ensuring their vision is developing correctly. School eye checks are sadly a thing of the past in many cases, so we suggest all children have their eyes examined before they start their primary education. We have child friendly tests to assess vision, colour perception, muscle coordination and ocular health. Children’s eye examinations are free on the NHS until the age of 16, with a voucher being provided to cover the cost of spectacles if required. We have a great range of complete spectacles that are free with the voucher.

We also have a children’s play area to keep them entertained when they visit for their eye test or yours.

David had a day out to remember when he met his optician Dan Sanders for his first eye test.

 

He had to cover each eye in turn and tell Dan what letters or shapes he could see.

Stand still while a machine measured his focus

and then read some fun words at close range

after seeing how both eyes were working together

and checking if any lenses were needed to help him see any clearer

photographs were taken of deep inside each eye to examine blood vessels on his retinas

David could not believe it when he saw what the insides of his eye looked like.

David’s vision was perfect and his eyes all healthy. He couldn’t wait to come back for next year’s check up!

Regular eye examinations at least every two years are advisable throughout the teenage years. Generally this period sees significant and frequent growth spurts and developmental changes. The eyes are no exception, an example is short sightedness (myopia) often developing even in the later teens. Free NHS eye examinations and a voucher towards costs are still available up to the age of 18, if in full time education. A check at 17 before driving lessons start is always advisable to ensure safety and avoid disappointment on test day.