What if your child does need glasses?
If the time comes when a child needs to wear glasses, this need not be seen as a disadvantage. The wide variety of spectacle frames now available for children are comfortable and practical as well as stylish. They are well designed and attractive, with features such as adjustable nose pads and saddle bridges for small, unformed noses, and spring hinges for durability and comfort.
Plastic and polycarbonate lenses are recommended for children. These lenses are light and safe, and can be treated with anti-scratch coatings for durability. as well as reflection-free coatings for comfort.
Can Children Wear Contact Lenses?
Young children would normally only be prescribed contact lenses for special conditions. Older children may wear contact lenses, but both they and their parents must be aware of the high level of care required to keep their lenses clean and safe, as well as the need for frequent check-ups to keep their eyes healthy. You can read more about this on the Children's Contact Lenses
What is available under the NHS?
Under the NHS an eye examination is available without charge for all children up to the age of 16, and under 19 if they are in full-time education. As an indication of the importance of children's sight care, only a qualified practioner - and optometrist or dispensing optician registered with the General Optical Council, or a registered medical practioner - is permitted by law to supply childrens spectacles.