With such importance on children‘s eye care, all of our Optometrists are experienced in the testing of children and understand the issues surrounding a child who first requires glasses or contact lenses.
Children can be tested at any age and an eye test is lots of fun. It is recommended that a child has a full eye examination before they start school and start learning to read. Often, vision problems can be the reason a child does not perform well at school, for example because they cannot see the board. The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment. Children‘s eyes are fully developed by the time they are 8 years old so it is very important to have any problems detected before this.
1 in 5 children have an undetected eye problem, which can be easily found by us during an eye test. This is equivalent to 1 million children going back to school with an undiagnosed eye problem.
Only a few schools will provide eye tests for children, and even these checks will not be a full eye examination. Distance vision is normally checked but this will not detect all levels of long-sight. Short sight and large squints may be detected, but the school checks are not usually carried out by an eye care professional or fully qualified optician.
For a full eye examination you should bring your child to the specialist opticians at Specs of Kensington. If left undetected for too long, some sight defects cannot be corrected, but if detected early enough Specs of Kensington’s advanced optometry team can ensure children‘s eye problems have a minimum impact on their lives.
Regular eye tests are very important for children‘s eye care and development; the good news is that for children under the age of 16 or under 19 and in full time education it is totally free through the NHS.
For Twenty years I tried unsuccessfully to wear contact lenses and I decided to give it one last go and booked an appointment at Specs of Kensington. Daska was fantastic. She very patiently took me through numerous types of lenses and unbelievably she found one that suited my prescription when I had been told by so many opticians that I wasn't a suitable candidate for contact lenses. That was nine years ago and since then Daska has been constantly updating my prescription and providing me with new and up to date solutions for my eyes.
I have to Daska, you honestly have the best practice with the finest team and I am pleased to be a Specs patient.
The new lenses are stunning. They were instantly comfortable. The transistion from near to far focus is seamless - the best yet. Most importantly there are no issues with peripheral vision, the coverage is better than any of my previous lenses.
I am 11 years old and have needed to wear glasses since I was 7. When I was 8, Chloe suggested that I could wear contact lenses because I needed to wear glasses all the time. I did lots of sports so I kept on taking my glasses off. The people who work at ‘Specs‘ were very kind. I would go in every day for 5 days to learn how to put the contact lenses in. There were days when I thought I could not do it, but Chloe believed I could. Because of their kindness I can now pop my contact lenses in each morning without difficulty and anybody who finds out that I wear contact are amazed. Specs have helped me ever since I was seven years old and I know they still will for a long time.
As a patient I am confident in receiving carefully considered advice at each visit, with the issues and options explained clearly. I have no doubt that my best interests are being served, to the extent that on some occasions it has taken Daska several years of patient chiding before I have taken heed of her sound advice. I have been a patient of the practice for over 20 years, travelling each time from Gerrards Cross to be treated by the excellent team at Specs of Kensington. I intend to continue to do so for many years to come.
It was so lovely to see you when I came in for my appointment and catch up on news. Thank you for the glasses spray cleaner and cloth which are coming in very handy. Congratulations on running your superb eye business in your 30th year. I have you and your wonderful team to thank for my healthy eye and continued comfortable contact lens wear - started 25 years ago for sharpened sight on my wedding day.
Daska was AMAZING. I'm so used to Specsavers/ Vision Express type outfits and was so bowled over by the level of service, information received and the overall treat.ment throughout. Many, many thanks. It was an overall brilliant experience
Your care for the individual rather just the pair of eyes shines out and is utterly exemplary; and your concern and attention to detail, and also the way that you explain things in a human way, is just in a totally different league to any optician, ophthalmologist or optometrist I've seen in a generation. It's obvious that your standards and passion apply across the whole staff too. That's one part of my welfare that I know forever is in as good hands as it can be.
I can't thank you enough for the time, care and good advice you have given me over the years.
I have many good things to say about Specs of Kensington; after all I have been going to see them for 25 years. When I sat in the shop as a young teenager with my parents and brother, who would have thought that my daughters would be receiving the same love, care and attention from Daska and her team. The service we receive at Specs of Kensington goes beyond the basic eye care. They are exceptional. They make us feel special, they have done so for three generations and we always highly recommend their skills to anyone.
I was so grateful to you for dealing with my delinquent eyelids and I am glad to say they have been much better since I started the treatment. I greatly appreciate all your care during my visit. I felt a lot better coming away with your reassurance about eyesight and eyelids.
Thank you so very much for all your kind support & for being so understanding. You are the only professional who has ever listened to me from the beginning and treated me like a person. It is only thanks to you that I wear a contact lens at all. I am grateful for your continuing care, interested and support.
I am 11 years old and have needed to wear glasses since I was 7. The people who work at 'Specs' were very kind. I would go in every day for 5 days to learn how to put the contact lenses in. There were days when I thought I could not do it, but Chloe believed I could. Because of their kindness I can now pop my contact lenses in each morning without difficulty and anybody who finds out that I wear contact are amazed. Specs have helped me ever since I was seven years old and I know they still will for a long time.
Specs of Kensington - a friendly, highly professional, all-female Optometrist team - fitted my lenses and made the whole process easy and painless. They explained exactly how the lenses work illustrating the treatment with hi-tech images and information which I found fascinating. I can't recommend them highly enough.
I want to thank you so very much for seeing me on Friday. You are always so patient, unhurried and kind. I was so anxious about my eyes but came away feeling very much reassured. I look forward to seeing you again in six months time.