Independent Opticians 17 Chapel Street, Petersfield GU32 3DT Tel: 01730 261442 Email: [email protected]

Children’s Eyesight

Children’s eyes are essential to their development. Through their eyes, children learn about their world. Though the last of the senses to mature in children, sight is the most important. 80% of children’s education comes in visual form. Clear and healthy vision is vital to your child’s development and at Petersfield Eyecare, we go that extra mile to help your child have happy and healthy vision.

Many vision problems begin at an early age in childhood, so it’s crucial that children receive proper eye care from the time they are infants. Early detection and treatment are essential to prevent conditions that could potentially cause future problems or vision loss.

At Petersfield Eyecare, we recommend that every child has a professional eye examination shortly after birth, by six months of age, and again just prior to entering school. Once in school, children should have an annual eye test.

Eye examination costs at Petersfield Eyecare are covered by the NHS for children under the age of 16, and NHS vouchers issued after the eye examination will cover the full cost of many of our frames and lenses.

We also specialise in children’s eye problems, such as colour deficiency. If you feel your child could benefit from our trusted advice, just make an appointment or visit us in store. We strive to make our practices a safe and enjoyable experience for children. So come on into your local branch and meet our mascot, Rachel, at your child’s next eye test. 


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Caring for young eyes

Some of the signs to look for in your child that could indicate a vision problem include:

  • Excessive blinking
  • Involuntary eyemovement (eye wondering)
  • Squinting to see things
  • Poor performance at school
  • Reluctance to read
  • Sitting closer to the TV, peering closer to read books
  • Clumsiness
  • Headaches
  • White reflex in the eye in photos

If you’ve got any concerns about your child’s eyesight and would like to speak to an expert, please get in touch with a member of our team. We cater for all children and provide specialised eye tests to ensure they’re cared for at such a young age.


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Free Eye Tests for Children

All eye examinations for children under the age of 18 are free of charge!


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