DEDICATED CHILDREN'S CLINICS
At SELBY & TAYLOR we believe that your children's vision is precious.
Regular eye exams at a young age are crucial to ensure your child's eyes are developing the way they should be. Without good vision children can suffer enormous setbacks to learning and the development of all their life skills.
Many parents do not realise that eyesight can be tested from a very early age and that it is recommended that children should have an eye examination at least by the age of three, or earlier if you think there may be a problem.
Special tests have been devised for very young children and the earlier a problem is detected, the more effectively it can be treated. The great thing to remember is that eye examinations don't hurt!
If not caught early, several very common eye problems could arise, causing detrimental effects on your child's vision, including Blindness.
Eye Exams for children are funded by the NHS.
As an indication of the importance of children's sight care, only a qualified practitioner - an Optometrist or Dispensing Optician registered with the General Optical Council, or a registered Medical Practitioner - is permitted by law to supply children's spectacles.
Following the Sight Test, parents are entitled to a voucher towards cost of any glasses or contact lenses prescribed. The value of the voucher will be determined by the prescription needed.
At Selby & Taylor we have over 100 Free glasses for children!
What if your child needs glasses?
If the time comes when a child needs to wear glasses, this need not be seen as a disadvantage. The wide variety of spectacle frames now available for children are comfortable and practical as well as stylish. They are well designed and attractive, with features such as adjustable nose pads and saddle bridges for small, unformed noses, and spring hinges for durability and comfort. Plastic lenses are recommended for children, being lighter and safer than glass, and these can be treated with anti-scratch coatings for durability.
Can children wear contact lenses?
Young children would normally only be prescribed contact lenses for special conditions. Older children may wear contact lenses, but both they and their parents must be aware of the high level of care required to keep their lenses clean and safe, as well as the need for frequent check-ups to keep their eyes healthy.