Children’s Eyecare

Children’s Eye Exams are FREE on the NHS.


It is not necessary for a child to be able to read or even speak in order for our eye professionals to check if glasses are required to improve their vision.

Testing the Eyes of a Child

Martin James Opticians offers child-friendly tests that will tell us – and you – everything we need to know about your child’s eye health. Children don’t have to be able to read to have an eye test.
We’ll ask you about family history and check your child’s sight against expected levels of development for their age. We’ll assess their vision and see if it needs correcting, then discuss the results clearly with you.
Children qualify for an NHS voucher and we have a great range of kids glasses ranging from coloured metals to funky plastics, cost covered by your NHS Voucher, meaning complete pairs of glasses and repairs at no charge.

Child-friendly Eye Care

Once they’ve had their first eye exam, your child will soon get into the habit of having their eyes checked regularly. We like to see children at least every year to ensure we and you are looking after their precious sight and to help you with any questions you have about your child’s vision.

Come in with your child to see us anytime. Older children may be interested in contact lenses – click here for more information.


We are determined to give our local community in Harlow the best eye care support possible.
We offer free nhs eye tests for under 16’s as well as free glasses in our £64 kids range and £89 teens range.

These glasses also now come with a second pair at half price from the same price range!


Excellent service and great range of frames.
Graeme Luke
Graeme Luke
19:46 07 Feb 23
Highly recommended practice! Excellent knowledge, very reassuring bedside manner and loads of patience. Took great care to ensure we understood both what was being done and the findings in layman's terms. Very friendly, approachable and professional.
Juanita Visser
Juanita Visser
16:39 12 Nov 22
David Hunter
David Hunter
16:01 05 Oct 20