Specsavers - looking after the eyes of your community

Specsavers is a group of nearly 2,000 independent local businesses, committed to delivering high quality affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve. Specsavers has been voted the Most Trusted Opticians by Readers Digest readers for the past 12 years.


Great offers for kids

  • Free NHS eye test for under-16s and the choice of one pair of glasses from our kids' £64 range or teens' £85 ranges free
  • Choose from our £64 range and get a second pair from the same range for half price
  • Or for a limited period choose from our £64 range and get a second pair from kids' prescription sunglasses frames in £64 range to same prescription with tinted standard single vision lenses and a UV filter


Why have your child's eyes tested?

A child's first eye test should take place at around three years old. They don't have to be able to read, thanks to special charts, shapes, picture books and other exciting materials that the optician can use instead.

Thankfully, serious vision problems during childhood are rare, but having your child's eyes tested at an early age allows our opticians to diagnose and treat any potential issues as soon as possible.

Remember, kids' eyecare is free with an under-16s' NHS optical voucher.

Waiting until after your child has started school might hamper their learning and development. It is also harder to correct any vision problems which may have developed.

Children accomplish as much as 80% of learning through sight during their first 12 years. So help them do their best at school and have your child's eyes tested at Specsavers.


Children's eye problems

If the optician says that your child needs glasses, this doesn't mean that there's something seriously wrong - it's usually just that they need help to focusing their vision. 

In childhood, the most common eye problems are long or short sight, astigmatism, colour blindness, a lazy eye, or a squint. Many of these can be corrected if they are treated soon enough. Here are a list of the most common. 

The front surface of the eye is irregularly curved, resulting in distorted vision.

Colour blindness
Difficulty in differentiating between certain colours, such as red and green. Usually runs in the family and is more common in boys.

Lazy eye
One does not work as well as the other. Also known as ambylopia, it occurs when an eye does not learn how to see, because of a fault in co-ordination or focusing. It usually occurs before a child is five.

The two eyes do not look in exactly the same direction. Toddlers can seem to squint because of a small fold of skin between their eyes and the bridge of their nose. If this does not change as the child grows, consult your optician. Squinting eyes can be corrected through prescription glasses, special eye exercises or surgery.



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