Your child is never too young for an eye examination. We recommend to give them their first eye exam around the age of 3 years.

Good vision is essential in every child’s development and regular eye examinations are the key to good eyesight.

A child does not have to be able to read the letters or pictures on the Chart, to have their eyes examined. We can tell how well the eyes are seeing using simple tests and using instruments (shinning lights) and watching how the eyes respond.

A recent Eyecare Trust study found that around a million young people in the UK have undetected vision problems which may cause difficulty in learning. Whilst more than 90% of children visit a dentist regularly, just over 50% have ever had an eye test. (Reference: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Survey 2013).

It is claimed that over 80 percent of what a child learns in school is visually, so ensuring that your son or daughter has good vision can make a significant difference in their academic performance.

It’s easy for parents/guardians to think there’s nothing wrong with their child’s sight, not realising that vision can change quickly as young children’s eyes develop.

The NHS provide free glasses for children and at Pinder Eyecare, we provide a Free Second pair as spares – as accidents can happen. Repairs and replacements are also provided Free by the NHS, for under 16’s.

Our junior range includes: Ray- Ban, No Fear, Nike, Disney's Frozen, Danger Mouse, Peter Rabbits Horrid Henry, Emogji, Marvel

We recommend an annual eye examination for your children and a parent or guardian must be present when a child is having an eye examination.

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We understand the test room can feel a little intimidating for a young child so we ensure that techniques are used to make each child feel as welcome and as relaxed as possible.


  • Excessive Blinking
  • Using their finger whilst reading to guide their eyes
  • Squinting
  • Complaining of tired eyes or headaches
  • Excessive tearing and/or light sensitivity
  • Eye straining or head tilting to see better
  • Peering closely at books & TV
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Closing an eye to see better, watch TV or read
  • Complaining of computer, phone or tablet screens hurting their eyes
  • Bumping into objects
  • Poor performance at school
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Concerned about your child's vision?