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Children's Eyecare

Children’s eyecare costs zero!

Your child’s sight is precious. At Ruth Bigger Opticians on Clooney Terrace your child has access to top quality FREE eye care and a range of glasses which won’t cost a penny – that’s right they’re FREE!

If your child is under 16, they’re entitled to a free eye examination, and a voucher to help with the cost of new specs or contact lenses. We stock a range of good quality well-fitting frames which are free with the NHS voucher.

As a child’s eyesight is usually fully developed by the age of eight, it is crucial that eye tests are carried out at least once a year from the age of three. Sight tests for all children are free on the NHS – the only investment parents have to make is time.

Conditions such as squint or amblyopia (lazy eye) can lead to lifelong problems so it really is a case of ‘After Eight is too Late’. If detected early, many problems can be easily corrected, usually with glasses. Poor eyesight is not always obvious to parents, or even teachers, and can severely restrict a child’s ability to learn, read, write and spell. Additionally coloured overlays or tinted lenses can improve reading speed.

If our examination reveals that your child needs glasses, he or she will also qualify for an NHS voucher that enables them to choose free frames from a selected range. Alternatively, for an additional charge, they can select frames from our other exciting children’s ranges, all available at an affordable price.

Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on children’s ability to learn and on their behaviour, yet often goes unrecognised by teachers, parents and by the children themselves.


To learn more about childrens eye care that we provide please click here.

To book a visit phone        028 7134 5891.

Reading difficulties and Visual stress Assessment


At Ruth Bigger Opticians we offer a dedicated vision assessment programme to determine if spectacles are required, and if so, whether to include a specific tint or coloured overlay. Vision training exercises can be very helpful, with or without the need for spectacles.

Tinted lenses relieve a visual condition call Visual Stress.


UV risk to Children’s eyes

If your child is outdoors in the summer you may need to think about sunglasses which protect their eyes from UV rays.

‘The sight charity, Eyecare Trust, is issuing a stark warning to parents to protect their children’s eyes from the sun or put them at risk of permanent damage to their sight.

Our eyes are ten times more sensitive to UV light than our skin and children’s eyes are at the greatest risk of UV damage. Big pupils and clearer lenses mean up to 70 per cent more UV light reaches the retina than in an adult’s eye.

Latest figures from World Health Organisation estimate that this lack of natural eye protection combined with the disproportionate amount of time children spend playing outdoors could mean that as much as 80 per cent of a lifetimes’ UV is absorbed into the eye by the time a child reaches the age of 18.’

To read more about the risks of U.V to the eye read these two links

The  Eyecare Trust’s full article – Click Here

All about vision web article

Click Here

Your child’s eyesight is precious. Make an appointment today – or arrange for us to give you a call at your convenience.Click here to arrange a ‘Call Back’»

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