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Caring for your children’s eyes

Top tips for looking after your child’s eyesight

As a parent you'll want to give your child the best start in life, which is why looking after their eyes is important. Here are some simple ways to look after your child's eyesight:

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Did you know 80% of a child's learning is through sight?

Have regular eye tests

Regular eye tests are particularly important in childhood because they:

  • Check how well your child can see
  • Look at how healthy their eyes are
  • Help identify problems early to prevent them developing

Children usually have their eyes tested by a health visitor when they are a year old. It's advisable to check them again at about age three, when they are learning and developing rapidly, and then every year until they are 16.

Did you know all children can get free NHS-funded eye tests every year until they turn 16?

If your child needs glasses, you can also get an NHS voucher towards the cost, which means many of our pairs are free.

Protect their eyes from the sun

Just like skin, our eyes need protecting from the sun.

Children's eyes are more vulnerable to sun damage because they have larger pupils and clearer lenses, and they tend to spend more time outdoors.

This means up to 80% of UV exposure happens before the age of 18.

UV is present even on cloudy days, so sun protection is important all year round.

Keep your kids eyes protected with our great range of kids sunglasses, which are available with prescription and non-prescription lenses.

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Feed them a healthy diet

A balanced diet with a wide variety of fruit and vegetables will not only benefit their overall health, but will also help to keep eyes healthy.

Vitamins found in foods such as oranges, peppers, eggs, dairy and nuts have the biggest health benefits for your eyes.

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Browse our range

All our kids' glasses and prescription sunglasses include Boots Protect lenses which are scratch resistant and reflection free.*

*Ultra tough lenses may not be suitable for children with very strong prescriptions. In such cases, we will recommend a suitable alternative lens that offers an equivalent level of protection