Choosing the right pair of spectacles for your child can be daunting, especially for the first time. At Auerbach & Steele our dispensing opticians will provide reassurance and use their technical and fashion expertise to help ensure your child enjoys wearing their new spectacles.
Safety and comfort
Safe, comfortable and fashionable are what we aim for when dispensing frames to children. Whether they wear their specs all the time or just for certain tasks, your child must feel they look good, and feel comfortable, otherwise they will not want to put them on. We pride ourselves in giving sensible and sensitive advice when it comes to helping choose your child’s spectacle frame.
Geeky, pretty, funky, bright colours
We have a huge range of very cool and chic frames for our young clientele. There is something for everyone in our frame choices – geeky, pretty, funky, bright colours, dark tortoiseshells and pop icon styles!
Our frames are available in acetate plastics, traditional metal or in hypoallergenic titanium and stainless steel. How the frame fits is of vital importance. The frame must fit the bridge of the nose properly so that your child is looking through the correct part of the lenses (and not over the top) at all times. The sides must be the correct length to hold the frame in place without pressure on the ears.
Lenses can be made in many different materials. We only supply safety impact resistant lenses to children. We can specially surface stronger prescriptions to make the lenses as thin as possible. Our Opticians will guide you through the choices of lens materials that are available and best for your child’s prescription.
Children who need spectacles must have a spare second pair. It is just a fact of life that active normal children will break or scratch their spectacles!
All children, even those with no optical correction, should have sun spectacles to protect their eyes from UV exposure. Spectacle wearing children should have prescription sun spectacles.
It is a legal requirement that non-qualified staff do not dispense children under the age of 16.
We also offer an extensive range of
sports protective eyewear for children:
All available to your child’s prescription.
Children’s eye care
Eye examinations for children are extremely important because 5 to 10 percent of pre-school children and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem can be crucial because children are always more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early. Behaviours that may suggest your child needs a sight test are:
- Frequent rubbing of the eyes
- Eyes turning in or out (a squint), often when tired
- Discomfort in bright light
- Watering eyes
- One eye bigger than the other
- A white pupil in one eye.
In toddlers and young children:
- Sitting too close to the television
- Blinking a lot or screwing up the eyes
- Sore looking eyes or lids
- Trouble with colours
- Holding books very close.
In older children:
- Headaches or eyestrain
- Words moving around during reading
- Blurred or double vision.
Pre-school age children
Pre-school age children do not need to be able to read in order to undergo certain eye tests. Remember that appropriate vision testing at an early age is vital to ensure your child has the visual skills he or she needs to perform well in school. A child who is unable to see print or view the whiteboard can easily become frustrated, leading to poor academic performance.
Some vision problems, such as squints and lazy eye, must be treated as soon as they are detected and corrected as early as possible while the child’s vision system is still developing. Treating these problems should start as soon as possible. We recommend that children have their eyes tested from the age of 3 or 4. We also advise parents to bring their children for regular eye checks as early as possible if there are any concerns regarding children’s eye sight.
Children’s eye health
Do you know?
Up to 1 million children in the UK currently have an undetected vision problemEyecare Trust, DCSF 2013 School Census 0-12 year olds
Children with undiagnosed eye conditions are more likely to have difficulties with learning at school.
Over 90% of children visit a dentist regularly, whilst only 53% of children have ever had an eye examinationJohnson and Johnson, Vision Care Survey 2013
NHS Sight Tests are free for all children and are available at high street optometrists and opticians.
84% of parents agree that improved vision would have a positive impact on their child’s performance at schoolJohnson and Johnson, Vision Care Survey 2013
A Sight Test can give every child the ability to see clearly, learn effectively and develop normally.
Parents are more likely to place a higher value on their children’s eye sight than they do their ownThe College of Optometrists
1 in 5 UK teenagers are short sighted; 12 to 13 is the key age for it to developThe College of Optometrists
Our team of dispensing opticians are always ready to discuss which lens type will best meet your optical needs and give the best cosmetic appearance for your prescription.
There are more than 100 different types of single vision, occupational and multifocal lenses on the market. Our staff are highly trained and always up to date with the latest developments in lens technology.
All our lenses are scratch resistant and reflection free, and we can offer flatter and thinner, transitions and sunglasses lenses in most prescriptions. So, whether you are long or short sighted, we will have a solution for you!
Our glazing is done in-house in our fully-equipped optical laboratory. This on-site facility allows us to guarantee your spectacles are completed to the highest standards.
We only use the best quality prescription lenses. Find out more about some of our best lens manufacturers.