• 127-129 High Street
    High Barnet Herts
    EN5 5UZ

020 8449 1993

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.

Specs Direct 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 Specs Direct 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 Specs Direct Opticians for an appointment as soon as possible.

Patient Testimonials

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 ... More
Deborah P
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Yaasir
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Jane Newbould
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Suzanne Sheth
I passed by you Eye Studio the other day fantastic collection of glasses... So much more than anyone else in the High St. and your team are so helpful...... More
Ian Aarons
Have been to specs direct for years. Very professional – personal service. Friendly environment and attention to detail!... More
G. Seewoosurran
This practice is fantastic. They have been nothing but superb for years. Since the day they opened.... More
C. Ensor
My husband and I have had our eyes tested at Specs direct for many years now and have always been very satisfied indeed. We trust them. The optician, Chris, who owns... More
A. Cook
A friend recommended Specs Direct to us when our son Gregory, aged 2 years, needed to wear glasses and we've been going there ever since.  My husband and I both alr... More
The Francini family
My family have been customers of Specs Direct for years. In this time we have had nothing but an excellent service from them. The staff are professional and knowledg... More
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