Having examined children's eyes since 1996, I appreciate how important it is to make them feel comfortable and have an enjoyable, positive experience.
My experience of having eye tests and needing spectacles from a vey young age has inspired me to try and make it a smooth process, so the child has no hesitation, and in fact look forward to returning for their regular checks.
We pride ourselves on being a truly child-friendly opticians. After all, it was our daughter Ria who inspired our name! We also find being parents helps us to interact with the children on a level they understand, and conducting the examination accordingly, in a child-orientated fashion means they are happy to co-operate. This mutual rapport has even meant we have built up a small fan base, and look forward to the children coming back too!
Are you aware children are highly adaptable and don't always know how well or clearly they should be able to see? This can mean they struggle on with undiagnosed visual problems for far too long.
For this reason it's recommended that children have their first eye examination by the age of 4, but they can be seen earlier if any problems are suspected.