Frame Choice:

Children can feel more comfortable about wearing glasses when they are allowed to choose their own frames. But you
as a parent may need to offer subtle guidance if you think certain frames clearly are objectionable, too expensive or inappropriate.

At Castle Street Optometry we have all inclusive glasses that are fully covered by your NHS voucher up to designer frames such as Ray-ban, Bench or Vogue.

Ask for hypoallergenic materials, such as titanium or plastic frames, if your child has shown sensitivity to certain substances. For example, some people are allergic to frame alloys that contain nickel.

Our highly skilled and experienced team will help guide you and your child to the best fitting and most suitable choices considering the most important aspects of frame fit for children; the bridge fit, temple length and design and eye centration.

Lens Choice:

The prescription is always the primary consideration in choosing glasses. If the prescription calls for strong lenses that are likely to be thick, it is important to keep the frames as small as possible to reduce the final lens thickness, round lens shapes also help.

Once you and your child agree on frames that you both like, the next consideration is the lenses. We use plastic scratch resistant lenses as standard but upgrades are available to Polycarbonate which is thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses and has built-in protection against potentially damaging UV light.

We also stock of a full range of children's sunglasses from babies up, for protection of those very sensitive eyes.

Eye Examination:

Our comprehensive children's eye examinations are carried out in a friendly and informal manner centred around your child's personality. This includes fun games, visual puzzles, colour vision and stereopsis testing - essential for viewing 3D movies. We happily test children of any age tailoring the experience to your child's age and abilities.


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