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Children’s Eyecare

Good vision is essential in childhood development and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision.

Research has shown that one in five school children have an undetected eye problem. As 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, many children cannot see well enough to reach their full potential or enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could.

A child may not realise if their vision is not clear – they assume the way they see is normal. Therefore regular eye examinations are advised for all children under the age of 16 at least once a year.

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Typical warning signs to look out for:

  • One eye turns in, out, up or down
  • Complaints of frequent headaches
  • Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot
  • Screws up eyes when reading or watching television
  • Avoids reading, writing or drawing
  • Has difficulty catching a ball
  • Fails to make expected progress at school
  • Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school

Children should have their first eye examination by the age of four, sooner if any problems are suspected. The earlier a problem is detected, the more effectively it can be treated.

It doesn’t matter if your child is too young to talk or read a letter chart, as we use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age.

Such equipment used is a computerised test chart which allows us to use pictures, numbers, shapes as well as letters to check the child’s vision.

GPC Opticians provides free NHS eye tests for all children under 16 and those under 19 and in full time education. If a child is found to need spectacles, a contribution is provided by the NHS.

At GPC Opticians, we stock a wide range of spectacles specially designed for children’s faces to choose from. Many have soft nose pads for extra comfort and sprung hinges to withstand extra wear and tear. So remember, regular eye examinations could be crucial for your child’s health care and personal development, so don’t delay and contact GPC Opticians for an appointment as soon as possible.

Patient Testimonials

WOW What a fantastic opticians. The staff were so lovely and helpful and attended to my every question making me feel at ease throughout the whole possess.
Chloe Wood
Lovely welcome when I arrived and had lots of assistance from Lucianna and Leslie with picking the right glasses for me. Happy with my pair of glasses and sunglasse... Read More
Gobi Ranganathan
Superb service! Friendly and helpful staff. Devan was great with my eye check up and really put me at ease. Lesley was so patient and kind, and helped me with my dec... Read More
Barbara Abrams
I have been a patient here for many years and found them to be professional, courteous, helpful and obliging. Their range of frames is spectacular from the ordinary ... Read More
Peter Scales
I like it that I always see familiar faces amongst the staff, it gives me confidence. I think I've only seen 4 or 5 opticians during all the years, which says a lot ... Read More
Mrs Fielder
The best place to get your glasses from! Thank you for everything. This is the best optician I have been to. From the eye test to the beautiful customer service exp... Read More
Adriana Rosu
I have just collected more fabulous glasses to add to my ever increasing collection. Mukesh is simply the best optician I have ever visited, so very knowledgeable an... Read More
Jackie Warner
This is an excellent opticians who spend time to get the right frames and prescription for lenses. Such a good selection of frames too unusual and the staff spend a ... Read More
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Very professional service. Very punctual too. Thanks Chris and the team!
Jane Newbould
Fantastic friendly service. Highly recommend.
Fiona Willis
Thanks for an excellent and consistent service
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