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Children rarely complain about their sight, assuming that what they see is normal. But almost 70% of schools no longer offer eye screening and research shows that as many as one in five schoolchildren experience an undetected eye problem.

The NHS recommends that the first sight test should take place as soon as possible and regularly thereafter. Children do not need to be able to read to have a comprehensive test. Eye tests are FREE for all children under 16 (or 19 in full-time education), and children receive a voucher towards the cost of glasses if they are required.

If you suspect a problem, have eye conditions running in the family, or notice any of the following warning signs, please do make an appointment:

  • Sitting too close to the TV

  • Squinting or screwing up the eyes to see

  • Holding books and objects very close to the face

  • Blinking a lot

  • Headaches

Early treatment can prevent problems from becoming permanent. At Breakwell Opticians we are highly experienced in children’s eye care. We take a lot of time and care to make sure that you and your child feel safe and comfortable, both during the examination and later, if glasses or contact lenses are required.



Our optometrists are accredited in the revolutionary MiYOSMART lenses that are now being used as a potential preventative in myopic progression. In response to the increasing levels of myopia and the levels of high myopic prescriptions, Hoya and The Hong Kong Polytechnic collaborated on research and development. By applying their focal theory to optical lenses, the research team developed D.I.M.S technology which can effectively manage myopia. All participants who completed the 2-year trial wearing MiYOSMART with DIMS Technology had myopia progression reduced by an average of 60%. MiYOSMART is a new non invasive myopia managements solution. It is safe and convenient as they are just like wearing ordinary spectacle lenses. The lenses provide the vision correction so your child will experience comfortable vision for both near and distance vision. All this whilst also working to reduce the progression of their short-sightedness. They are easy to adapt to and are suitable for full time daily wear for a wide range of activities.

If you wish to discuss this further with one of our optometrists, please book an appointment.

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