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Children our future

Depending on your child’s visual acuity, an optician will prescribe children’s glasses for either full-time or part-time wear. In some cases, children may be instructed to remove their glasses for schoolwork such as reading and writing or they might have to wear glasses permanently.

Unfortunately, most children are at the centre of a little teasing about their glasses, usually at the very beginning as friends and family familiarise themselves with this “new look”. So, it’s imperative that a frame is chosen to suit both the child’s face shape and personality. Here at Roger Harty Opticians, we stock an array of imaginative and colourful frames for boys and girls which encourage children to become proud glass-wearers

What is a dedicated Children's Sight testing Clinic?

Its a Child friendly environment / space dedicated exclusively for children to have their sight assessed. Good vision is essential to learning. Children should have an eye examination with an optometrist as early as possible when they start school. Your optometrists have the equipment and training to carry out a thorough eye examination, checking all the aspects of your child’s vision which are important to learning.

If your child has a problem, the key to preventing long term vision problems is early detection. Correcting a child’s vision problem before the age of 7 can significantly reduce the risk of having a vision problem for life. If there is a family history of eye sight problems, if your child is having problems in school or you are worried about your child’s vision in any way, bring them along to your local optometrist and ask about an eye examination. Always remember that undetected vision problems can cause learning and behavioural problems. 

Signs that your child may have a problem with their vision include

  • Complaining of not being able to see black/white board or TV

  • The eye turning in or out

  • Holding things too close to the face

  • Frequent Headaches (esp in older children)

  • Eye rubbing and blinking

  • Reduced attention span at activities

  • Avoidance of reading or close work

  • Covering one eye or tilting the head

  • Difficulty in reading, repeatedly losing place on page

  • Poor memory retention of what has been read or studied


What can I expect?

A warm and friendly welcome by all members of our team. A relaxed and sensitive approach to ensure a stress free sight testing examiniation for your child. A child's eye examination is not the same as an adults and will often require more than one visit. The optometrist may also have to use special drops to help determine what is the problem with your child's vision.

Our optometrist may give your child special exercises to help co-ordinate your child's eyes to make them team together better or to help bring up the vision in one eye if it is poor.nIf the optometrist cannot help your child's vision improve, they will refer your child on to a specialist for further help. If your child needs to wear glasses, always encourage, praise and be positive about it. A negative reaction may result in your child not wearing their glasses which could impact negatively on their visual health for life.



Have your children's eyes tested regularly by a registered optometrist, this is vital in the developmental stage of vision before 8 years old. Problems can develop between the school screening at 4-5 years old and the critical age of 8 years old where there is no follow up in the school system.

Do I have to make an apponitment? 

The clinic operates on an appointmnet basis only 

When is in clinic open?

July 17th, July 31st 

August 14th , August 28th 

September Weekly 

We also encourage glass-wearing children to drop into our store on a regular basis to ensure the frame is fitting correctly as the face is developing. A quick adjustment may be necessary from time to time.


We stock a wide selection of children’s frames.


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