Under 16 years of age or under 19 and in full time education a child’s eye examination is free of charge.

We can supply spectacles that are free under the NHS Voucher.  For the under 16s if their spectacles are lost or damaged we can replace or repair them, usually free of charge even if we did not supply the original spectacles or carry out the original examination.

Poor vision can hinder a child's development.  So, it's vital that children are taken for regular eye checks.  One in five school-age children in the UK, and as many as one million children who started school this year, have an undiagnosed vision problem.  Yet fewer than four in ten children visited an optician within a two-year period compared with more than nine in ten visiting a dentist.

Until around the age of 6 children’s eyes are not fully developed.  Unfortunately, the chances of fixing certain vision problems after the age of 6 are greatly reduced.  The brain processes the individual pictures it receives from each eye and then creates a 3D image.  If a picture from one eye is out of focus the brain will ignore it and only use the clear picture coming from the good eye.  This will hinder the brain in producing a good 3D image and impact your child’s hand-eye coordination.

A child should be examined if they show the following typical symptoms to rule out any vision problems: - Gets frustrated when reading, Closes or covers one eye, Screws up eyes or frowns to see, Rubs eyes and blinks a lot, Finds it difficult to copy words from the blackboard, Complains that things are blurry or hard to see, Frequently looses place when reading, or Skips words or whole lines of text


Common eye conditions

A squint (Strabismus) is a condition, which affects 3%-4% of children.  In children a squint can be completely corrected if detected early.  Most of the time it can be corrected by just wearing spectacles.  However, eye surgery may be required for certain types of squints.

As a young child poor vision in one eye can lead to a lazy eye (Ambylopia).  This can lead to permanently poor vision if not corrected with spectacles in the critical early years of life.  Lazy eyes affect 2% to 3% of children.

Stephen Bye Opticians have been taking care of the optical well being of local children for more than 85 years.  We are proud to say that entire generations of families have chosen Stephen Bye Opticians. 

Should the results of your child's eye examination tell us that they need corrective lenses, your child (if they're under 16 or under 19 in full time education) will qualify for an NHS voucher entitling them to free spectacles from our stylish and large children's range.  We also have child ‘designer ranges’ such as Hello Kitty, Star Wars, High School Musical, Ben 10, Hannah Montana, Bratz and Euroflex (bendy frames).

We will ensure your child chooses a frame that is not only stylish, but importantly is suitable for their prescription and is fitting correctly.  All high-powered lenses will be surfaced to minimum thickness at no extra cost to make the glasses as lightweight and thin as possible.  Even thinner lenses are available at a small extra charge.


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