Children’s vision

Children’s vision 2018-03-26T11:41:50+01:00

Children’s vision

We understand the importance of beginning good eye care practices early, which is why children’s vision is one of our specialities.

There are certain eye conditions that can cause permanent damage if not caught early, so we are committed to testing and monitoring children’s ocular health and vision as soon as we can. Now that school screening is no longer in place in every school, it’s often up to parents and professionals to take appropriate action to care for the vision of the younger generation.

Our care starts from the very beginning.

We’re all born thinking that the way we see is normal, so without professional insight, it’s difficult to detect any problems.

Children’s eyes have a degree of plasticity up until the age of seven, which means certain potentially permanent issues can be actually be resolved if they are caught early enough. Due to the perceived difficulty of children’s eye testing, many opticians won’t carry out assessments under the age of four. At Parker & Hammond, we’re different, and encourage parents to bring their children along before they turn three.

Looking ahead to the future of your child’s ocular health.

Our technology and patient-focus means that we are constantly looking to develop our services to cater for children, and are committed to helping our patients begin a lifelong routine of caring for their eyes.

Knowing what we are trying to achieve enables us to provide an optimal service, so when deciding whether a child’s vision requires correcting or monitoring, we weigh up the limitations and benefits of treatment – both for now and the future – to make the best-informed recommendation.

No compromise on quality of care.

If your child requires vision correction, we’ll make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. We offer a wide range of spectacles with stylish and strong frames, made from lightweight titanium or memory metal with sprung sides.

Our child vision expertise also extends to contact lenses for kids, and we have extensive experience in fitting younger patients. Along with conducting the test, providing the prescription and supplying the lenses, our specialists will also help prepare you and your child for using the lenses, ensuring you are comfortable with inserting, removing and caring for them, before you leave.

Call us to find out more about looking after your child’s eyes



The Optomap is the only test that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. The unique optomap ultra-wide view helps detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye examination alone. The test is fast and pain-free and nothing touches your eye.



Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:30
Saturday 9:00 – 4:00
Sunday Closed


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‘My family have been attending Parker & Hammond for several years.
We all have differing needs but all receive an excellent, caring,
thorough service that is never rushed.’

'Each and every member of staff treats me with the utmost courtesy and patience.
The kind of service offered at Parker & Hammond is truly professional yet personal
and friendly – I would highly recommend them.'

‘Thanks to the expertise of the team at Parker & Hammond,
I finally feel that after 30 years of struggling with various lenses,
my keratoconus is finally, at long last, a problem solved.’

‘The quality of care and advice I have received has been first class and I would
have no hesitation in recommending the practice.’

‘From the moment I stepped into the shop I was given first class service,
made to feel valued and had the most thorough eye test I’ve had to date.
Dipesh provided valuable explanations and information as he carried out the test,
and I purchased a pair of Lindberg glasses, with which I am very pleased.’

‘Finding a good opticians who you can trust and who understands your eye needs isn’t easy,
and I would recommend them to anyone – particularly those with keratoconus.’

‘I have been wearing glasses for over 15 years and have been to many opticians in the past,
but Parker & Hammond have by far been the best. Their staff are excellent and they give
me honest, sound advice which I have always trusted. The eye test is very thorough
and the optometrists do their best to make you feel relaxed and comfortable.’

‘I would highly recommend Parker & Hammond – professional, courteous and friendly,
from everyone who I come into contact with during my visits.’

‘The opticians here are really friendly and patient, they take the time to answer my questions,
give useful advice and – unlike other places I’ve been to in the past – the costs are fully explained.’

‘The service I receive whenever I come into this shop is outstanding.
I would and do recommend to all who will listen!’

‘Although the road to keratoconus solutions is sometimes trying, you know you have
a specialist here who will truly work tirelessly to find one.’

‘My family have been customers here for many years, brought back every time by impeccable
customer service, attention and professionalism. All staff are welcoming and have a full
understanding of the products, with information given throughout the spectacle purchase.’

‘For the past ten years Parker & Hammond have been my opticians of choice, from the warmth and efficiency met with at reception
to the unstinting care and detail at the eye test stage. In assistance with frame choice and dedication to guaranteeing comfort with your spectacles,
Parker & Hammond have proved themselves to be the best I have encountered. Add that to superb aftercare and you have the recipe for satisfaction
and perfect confidence that your eyecare could not have been in better hands. I have recommended them in the past and will continue to do so – wholeheartedly.’


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