Children's Eyes

How are children’s eyes tested?

The first step to a successful eye examination is to make your child feel comfortable. We do this by talking to them, find out about their nursery or school, what they like doing and telling a few jokes to relax the mood. We always leave time at the beginning and the end of each appointment to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s eyes.

Eye Checks

There are a few things that we check during your child’s eye examination. It might not all happen in this particular order but this is what we focus on:

We carry out a check to examine their colour vision, focusing ability and depth perception (that’s their ability to perceive the world in three dimensions (3D) and the distance of an object).

We use a opthalmoscopy to closely check the back of the eye and check the health of the eye.

We also check for conditions like squints, lazy eye, long and short sightedness. The earlier these conditions are picked up the better the treatment outcomes.

We also have a good look at the outside of the eye, looking at their eyelid health, eyelash follicles and any eye discharge or swelling they could have.

When children come in for an eye examination some of them can’t read so we have invested in the facility to use symbol charts instead of letters when needed. We will also check how well they can see and determine whether they need glasses or not.

When is the best age to bring in my child for an eye examination?

Children can have their eye examination at any age but it is recommended that an optometrist sees them before they start school and start learning to read.

Sometimes, vision problems can be the reason a child does not perform well at school – they may find it difficult to concentrate if they can’t see the board etc.

School aged children should have an eye exam at least every year, even if no vision correction is required. 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 eight years old so it is very important to have any eye problems detected before this.

What if my child needs glasses?

If your child does need vision correction, we have a huge selection of kid’s frames featuring their favourite characters and colours. Many of our stores also carry the fashionable Ray-Ban for kids collections.

We’re ready to help you and your family 😀

You can book an appointment with our qualified optometrist by clicking the link below ↓

Healthy food

Best Foods to Eat for Better Eye Health

Using sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays, taking breaks from digital devices, having an eye examination at least every two years are all part of keeping your eye healthy. However, one of the most important thing is to also ensure you are eating healthy. Not only does it help with your eyesight but it helps with overall health. We only get one set of eyes so its crucial to look after them.

So, what are the best foods to eat for a healthy eye sight.

Beta-Carotene Veggies

We’ve all heard of eating carrots for a healthier eyesight. Carrots contain Beta Carotene. The body uses beta-carotene to make vitamin A, which is really important.

Vitamin A helps the eye convert light into a signal that can be transmitted to the brain, allowing people to see under conditions of low light. In addition, the cornea (the clear front of the eye) can literally disappear if the body does not get enough vitamin A.


Spinach and other dark, leafy greens are rich in two antioxidants stored in the macula—Lutein (Loo-teen) and Zeaxanthin (Zee-ah-zan-thin). The macula is a part of the retina that acts as a natural sunblock, shielding the eye from damaging light. Lutein and Zeaxanthin absorb blue light, which is especially harmful to the retina.

These nutrients can also help the eye detect contrast better, so eating foods rich in these antioxidants not only improves vision, but they help maintain your vision long-term. Since lutein and zeaxanthin are fat soluble, eating your greens with olive oil will help ensure that you absorb more of them. 


There have been quite a few studies that show the health benefits of eating foods rich in Omega-3. It is believed to reduce the risk of AMD.

A great benefit to Omega-3 is the prevention or reduced symptoms of Dry Eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to a lower tear evaporation rates.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Why Sunglasses Are So Important For Your Eyes

We’re all aware by now that although sunglasses are a great fashion accessory to add to any wardrobe they actually have a health benefit and protect our eyes from harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays. They should be a necessary part of any wardrobe.

How sunglasses work

The sun’s rays can penetrate through different areas of your eyes. 

UVA rays can reach the retina in the back of your eye and UVB rays reach the cornea in the front of the eye. Sunglasses prevent these rays from penetrating your eye, helping prevent damage to the eyes and in many cases vision loss.

Sunglasses are just like sunscreen you put on your skin. Just like sunscreen protects your skin from dangerous UV light, UV coating can be added to glasses lenses to help block harmful rays from causing damage to your eyes.

What to look for when buying a pair of sunglasses

When thinking of buying a pair of sunglasses it’s important to choose a fashionable pair. Many people go for a designer pair to encourage them to wear them all the time. It’s nice to wear a trendy pair of sunnies. But that’s not all, you need to look out for

99% UV protection levels – this means your pair of sunglasses will filter out all of the harmful UV rays that can damage your eyes.

Wraparound sunglasses – these style of sunglasses will  give you better coverage as they cover more of the eyes.

Polarisation – polarised sunglasses filter the light in a different way reducing the glare that you may face. Keen sports enthusiast and people who drive often prefer these style of sunglasses.

Tint colour – this is purely cosmetic so go for a colour that suits your face complexion and personality.

What sunglasses will suit my face and give me the best protection?

Just like a pair of glasses, different styles suit different faces. Our staffing team are frame stylists and can help you choose a pair that will suit your working environment and lifestyle.

We are all looking for a brand of glasses that speak our style. See what brands we stock here

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We Are Now Open

We’re super excited to tell you we are now open again. 😀
We’re able to offer all our optical services now. Our team is fully prepared and looking forward to seeing all our patients again.
You will see a new side to us when you visit with our extra protective equipment but remember we are the same team just with an added layer of protection.
We do still need to follow some simple guidelines to ensure everyone remains as safe as possible:
✔️ You will receive a pre-appointment phone call to collect all the necessary information about your appointment and eye care needs prior to your appointment;
✔️ Social distancing measures are in place to keep you and our team safe;
✔️ Our staff have access to full PPE as and when they need it;
✔️ Extra Clinical standard cleaning is in place across all our branches;
✔️ Our frames will be go through a frame sterilisation process after being handled; and
✔️ All collection appointments will be booked in advance.

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Great Service

Don’t Keep us a Secret

Tell your friends and family about us and get money off your next pair of glasses.

Small business thrive through word of mouth and most of our patients come from conversations between friends and family.

How Does it Work?

We’ve kept things super simple!

Tell your family and friends about your experience at Realeyes.

When they come in ask them to mention your name and postcode

When they purchase a pair of glasses with us we will put a £10 credit on your account.

The more friends you recommend the greater your credit to spend on your next pair of glasses.

We Love it When you Talk to us

If we fell short in anyways and you weren’t happy with your service please come and tell us. We are always looking for ways to improve our service to make our patients’ experiences better.

Specialist Clinics

We Don’t Only Carry Out Eye Examinations

When patients come in for a regular eye examination they’re often surprised that we offer so many other services apart from your standard eye examination. So, we thought it befitting to just give you lowdown on the other eye related service we offer.

3D OCT Eye Scan

This is an extension of the standard eye examination. A 3D eye scan allows us to look deeper into the back of the eye and spot eye related issues sooner. It can detect any changes to your eyes up to four years earlier than a standard eye examination -long before you may notice any issues yourself.

The technology is similar to an ultrasound. It can highlight early signs of common eye problems such as glaucoma, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration up to four years in advance. The machine scans the eye without even touching them.

Dry Eye Clinics

Many of us have spent way too much time on screens over the last few months. Are you are experiencing sore, gritty, itchy eyes? It’s quite likely you’re suffering from what us opticians call Dry Eyes. Simply put, when we stare at screens too long we blink less producing less tears so our eyes aren’t as lubricated.

Dry eyes affect millions of people across the globe so you’re not on your own.

You might find your eyelids stuck together on waking, temporary blurry vision, red and itchy eyes, sensitivity to lights or tired eyes.

Dry eyes can be caused by certain medications or medical conditions, prolonged screen work, ageing, hormonal changes or contact lens over wear.

Visual Stress Clinics

There has been a lot of research carried out on whether reading on a white background with black text can sometimes hinder reading in both adults and children. Many of our patients come to us complaining that when they are reading books the text moves, they get tired reading or they get headaches, eye strains or even migraines.

We can carry out a simple computer formulated Visual Stress Screening. We can determine whether you could benefit from a different coloured background when reading.

We find this test benefits children the most, especially in gaining reading confidence. Some children increase their reading speed simply by putting on a specially prescribed coloured overlay. Many schools are even able to change the smart board backgrounds to help the children. 

Specialist Children's Clinics

Children’s eye are precious and that’s why their eye examination looks very different to a standard eye examination. Our optometrist will look out for eye conditions that can hinder their learning and development at school. These could include eye problems like long-sightedness, short-sightedness, squints and lazy eyes.

The sooner a problem is detected the more effectively it can be treated and we realise good eyesight is crucial in making sure a child develops to their full potential both at school and socially.

Glaucoma and Diabetes Clinics

Glaucoma has been nicknamed the ‘silent thief of sight’, if left untreated glaucoma causes blindness. It’s extremely important for diabetics to have a regular eye examination. We additional specialist tests if you or your family suffer from any of these conditions.

Specialist Lenses

During your eye examination our optometrist will ask you questions about your lifestyle. It’s important for us to find out about your lifestyle so that we can offer you the best lenses to suit your needs.

We find you a solution to every problem. If you drive a lot at night we can offer you a lens coating to reduce the glare; if you work at a computer there is a specialist lens for you to reduce tiredness for the eyes; and if you’re a keen sports personality we can offer you a lens to enhance your performance. 

You can now demand more from our glasses so that we have crisp, clear vision whether we are at work or socialising in the evenings.

Six Month glasses MOT

Why You Need a Six Month Glasses MOT

Why it's Important

When you invest in a pair of great glasses you want them to work for you and your eyes. With the best will in the world; even though we advise you to put them in their glasses case when you’re not wearing them and put them on with two hands, sometimes we just forget.

Servicing Your Glasses

The six month MOT is your chance to come in an allow our experts to service your glasses; securing the screws, cleaning the lenses, replace components and give them a sonic clean.

It just takes a few minutes for us to check your glasses and restore them. Many patients use this as an opportunity to tell us how they are getting on with their glasses. We can make any adjustments needed, usually on the spot.

See You Soon

So, just like a diamond ring that needs a polish every year to dazzle and shine, your glasses need an MOT to work for you.

During Covid-19 we request you call and book your six month MOT.

Reopening 1st July

Realeyes to Re-Open on 1st July

We’re delighted to tell we will be offering all our optical services again from 1st July 2020. Currently you can book online at

You will see a new side to us when you visit with our extra protective equipment but remember we are the same team just with an added layer of protection


Extra Measures

We’ve added some extra measures to keep you and our team safe and healthy:
-> You will receive a pre-appointment phone call to collect all the necessary information prior to your appointment;
-> Social distancing measures are in place to keep you and our team safe;
-> Our staff have access to full PPE as and when they need it;
-> Extra Clinical standard cleaning is in place across all our branches;
-> All our frames will be going through a frame sterilisation process after being handled; and
-> All collection appointments will be booked in advance.

Booking an Eye Appointment

We’re expecting an unusually high demand for an appointment that’s why we’ve opened our booking system in advance.

You can book via the link below ↓

We look forward to serving you soon.


Great Tips On Taking Care of Your Glasses

You’ve bought a great pair of glasses but how do you look after them and clean them.

Our experts have put together these top cleaning and care tips for your spectacles to help you.

Cleaning Your Glasses

Regular cleaning of the lenses helps to keep them in their optimal state for as long as possible. A bit like brushing your teeth every day.

Use the Right Cleaning Cloth

Never use paper towels, tissues or clothing to clean your glasses lenses – these all have textured surfaces which can easily scratch your lenses. We recommend microfibre cloths. Check your glasses case – you should already have one.

Buy a Special Glass Lens Cleaner

Specifically designed for glasses, lens cleaners are an essential piece of care kit. Don’t dry wipe – debris or dust can scratch the lens if rubbed with a cloth. And don’t use bleach, vinegar, household cleaners, spit or any other chemical to clean the lenses as these can tear off lens coatings.

Nose Pads on Your Eye Glasses

Nose pads absorb dirt, dust and other natural oils so regular cleaning is essential. If you think you could do with a nose pad wash, come in anytime. Best of all – it’s free.

A few words of wisdom to help keep those glasses looking sharp

The Put on/Take Off Method for your Glasses

It’s true, there’s a right way to put your glasses on and take them off – all it requires is for you to use both hands. Only using one hand can misalign your frame, which means they don’t position correctly which means impaired vision.

Not on your Head

Frames stretch and the most common cause of stretching is resting your frame on your head.

Storing your Spectacles

Always place glasses snugly away in the glasses case. Never rest them down on a surface lens first or place them in bags or pockets as they’ll get scratched. Never leave them on hot surfaces (e.g. on the dashboard in the car in hot weather) as you’ll probably end up with a bent frame.

At Realeyes, we offer a six month glasses MOT where you can come in and have your glasses cleaned and tightened. Call your usual branch number for more information. 

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Coronoa FAQ

Caring for Your Eyes Amidst Covid-19

Top Covid-19 Questions

Naturally, many of you are concerned about your eyes, during these unprecedented times. We’ve taken the top questions we’ve been asked over the last few weeks for our senior optometrist to answer. 

 I’ve lost or broken my glasses what should I do?

This is the most common question we have been asked so far. We’re help to help you in any way we can. Call us at your local branch and we will be able help you replace your pair where we can with your current prescription. We may be able to replicate your last pair and arrange contactless collection.

I’m due an eye examination now, what should I do?

In line with the current NHS guidelines, we, along with other opticians around the country, are not providing routine eye examinations. If you are due a routine eye examination we will call you once we are fully operational.

 Can I clean my glasses with hand sanitiser?

Please don’t! The ingredients in hand sanitisers damages the surface of the lenses and causes streaks and smears. The alcohol properties in the hand sanitiser may also irritate your eyes. Use a normal glasses cleaner or warm water with soap to clean your glasses. You can read more by clicking here.

Is it safe to wear contact lenses?

Contact lens wearers touch their eyes more than the average person. Consider wearing glasses more often, especially if you tend to touch your eyes a lot when your contacts are in. Substituting glasses for lenses can reduce eye irritation, and they may be a barrier that reminds you not to touch your eye.

If you have to wear contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds followed by drying them with unused paper towels before applying or removing your contact lenses. 

Should I still continue using my eyedrops?

Yes, you should continue using any eyedrops that you have been prescribed. Be extra careful each time you put in your eye drops – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before you put them in. After putting the eye drops in, close your eyes for 30 seconds, and dab your eyes with a clean tissue and avoid rubbing them.

I am a diabetic and glaucoma patient with an eye condition what should I do?

If you under hospital care, you should keep in touch with the hospital. If you are under our care, we will have to delay your appointment but you will be on our priority list when we are fully operational. If you do any concerns please call us and we’ll help you.

Remember, we are here for you and if you’re unsure of anything you can call us. Find your local branch by clicking here.