Although it can feel slightly overwhelming when it is your child’s first eye examination, your child’s eye health is incredibly important and should always be taken seriously. That is why it is crucial you do your best to never miss any appointments.

All children under the age of 16 are guaranteed a free NHS eye test. This service is brilliant for all caregivers, and we highly recommend that you use it!

There are a few steps that our expert team here at Vision Centre would like to share with you. We hope that they give you some insight as to how to approach the subject and situation with your child.


Here is our guide on how to prepare your child for their first eye examination.


1.      Remind your child that they will be okay.

Having a positive mindset from the beginning will help towards making your child’s first eye examination a stress-free one. Be encouraging, comforting and create excitement where you can.

Talk your child through why they are going, what to expect and how much fun it will be! Remind them that they will be getting the opportunity to see and learn about new things which they can tell their friends about.

Keeping your child feeling safe and secure will also help during the appointment. The eye examination will not cause any harm to your child, but it can feel overwhelming for them. That is why we suggest that as the caregiver you remain calm, comfort your child if they are scared and be there for them when they need you.


2.      Make your child think of the eye exam as something fun.

Before your visit, it is always good to explain to your child what they can expect to happen. This gives them time to process, ask questions and understand the situation. It also helps reduce unexpected surprises, which often can be upsetting for young children.

A fun approach to this tip is by encouraging role play. Act out the process and have a fun time doing so. This will help your child create a positive association with the experience and should help them feel more at ease when they come in for their first eye examination.


3.      Reward your child once it is over.

Children take joy in being rewarded, especially when they have worked hard or behaved well. After your visit, why not reward your child with a special treat? It could be a sweet or a trip to the park or even a special toy? This will not only help them feel better about the experience but, they will also begin to understand that being brave is a good thing!

If you feel as though your child hadn’t behaved well, consider talking it through with them afterwards. Try to approach them fairly, it can be a stressful situation for children and when it is their first time, small hiccups can be expected to happen.


4.      Give yourself and your child plenty of time ahead.

To help get you and your child prepared for their first eye examination, be sure to plan ahead! Give plenty of time for travel, parking and preparing before your appointment.

You will find it a lot easier to process any hiccups along the way if you have the time. Tantrums can be solved, questions can be answered and cuddles can be had before attending. This will all help ease both your child’s mind and your own.


Here at Vision Centre, we pride ourselves on not only our variety of excellent services but, that we also are a friendly team of experts! We always do our best to make you and your child feel comfortable when you visit.

We understand that it can feel a bit daunting when booking your child’s first eye examination. That is why we are always here to help, so please feel free to contact us.


You can book your child’s eye examination here.

We are now open and ready to see you once again … 


Many thanks for bearing with us while we had to temporarily suspend some of our usual services.

We hope that you and your family are well following the Coronavirus crisis.


We’ve made some changes …

In order to keep you safe and ensure your visit to us is a comfortable and convenient as possible, we have made some changes to the practice.

Full details are listed below but one thing that will never change, is our determination to deliver you fantastic eyecare in a warm and friendly environment.

Please be assured that the health, safety and well being of you, our wonderful patients and our fantastic staff, are paramount.

Please take a few minutes to read the following changes that we have made for your safely, comfort and convenience.


Before you arrive …

✓ Please book your appointment online or by phone

✓ Bring a mask (we have supplies if you don’t have one)

✓ Bring your own pen

✓ Arrive on time (not too early)

✓ Come alone (or you can come with 1 other person)

✓ The optician may call you to discuss any individual needs

✓ Bring a complete list of medication and your most recent prescription if you have it 


When you arrive ….

✓ The door will be locked – don’t worry we will let you in

✓ Your temperature will be taken

✓ You will need to sanitise your hands

✓ You will need to put on your mask

✓ You may need to put on gloves

✓ We will ensure you have social distancing

✓ We have placed some dividing screens in various areas

✓ Our practice staff will be wearing PPE

✓ All spectacle frames are fully sanitised between use


After Care …

✓ We will book an appointment for you

✓ We can post your spectacles to you

✓ We can arrange a home visit if preferred


Our new extra cleaning regime includes …

✓ Deep cleaning of practice daily

✓ All equipment sanitised between patients

✓ All spectacle frames triple sanitised

✓ Controlled process throughout


Any questions, please just call us and we’d be happy to explain.

01452 410494