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Children's eyewear

Children go free at Crompton Opticians.

Crompton Opticians provide free eye tests through the NHS for children up to the age of 16.

We stock a wide range of modern spectacle frames free of charge with an NHS Voucher.

Our range of eyewear for children are as stylish as they are practical all provided with plastic lenses to keep them safe and light. Our designated area of our practice is specifically designed with Children and teenagers in mind.

​Why may your child need glasses? children, like all other people need glasses for long sight, short sight or astigmatism (when the eye is an irregular shape). This can be individual eyes or a pair. If the problem is slight, then sometimes the child’s eyes may be able to adapt and adjust to it and they may evenually not need glasses. If there is a larger amount of long sight, short sight or astigmatism, or if the doctor’s examination shows that the eyes are being affected, then it is a possibility your child may need to wear glasses. The optician will explain more during appointment about why your child may need glasses.

Little boy wearing his new glasses

Long sight

Long-sightedness is when the eye does not focus light on the retina properly. This causes a blurred image on the retina (the layer at the back of the eye). If your child is long-sighted, they will have blurred vision at all distances, and especially for closer objects. Children with long sight will often try to see clearly by focusing the lens inside the eye more. Children with only a little long-sightedness may be able to do this without any difficulty. Others may not be able to focus enough to get clear vision. The extra focusing can cause eyestrain or a squint (a turn in the eye). In this case, your child will need glasses to help their eyes focus.

Short sight

Short-sightedness is when light does not focus on the retina at the back of the eye properly and instead focuses too far in front of the retina. This causes a blurred image on the retina. If your child is short-sighted, they will have blurred vision for distant objects. Many short-sighted children can see close objects quite clearly. Glasses for short-sightedness change the focusing of the light so that it is clearly focused on the retina.


Astigmatism is when the front of the eye is not perfectly round in shape. A normally-sighted eye is shaped like a football, but an eye with astigmatism is often described as being the shape of a rugby ball. The uneven shape of an eye with astigmatism means that it is not able to focus all the light evenly in one place. This causes a blur on the retina. If your child has astigmatism, their vision will be blurred for near and distance objects. Astigmatism can occur on its own or together with long sight or short sight. Glasses for astigmatism change the focusing of the light so that it is all focused evenly in one place on the retina.

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