Glasses Selection

It may come as a shock to you when your child is prescribed glasses for the first time, but you are not alone. We are here to help you through this experience with the least difficulties possible. We have a lot of experience in helping kids into glasses.

We believe that having the best information regarding the frame and lenses that you chose for your child will ease your mind at this trying time. The choices can be boggling, but at Hawkeneyes we try to make them less so. We will take the time to explain your choices and to answer any questions that you have.

Children need to feel comfortable and happy in there glasses. After all, they are wearing them for a good reason, so we need to ensure that they are going to use them. This means that as well as having well-fitting and comfortable glasses, a kid must like them. This is very important. We try to make the entire experience of choosing glasses fun for everyone involved.

We have a large choice of frames from the simple inexpensive, but cute , to more robust and fashionable styles. With guidance from us, we will find the most suitable frame to suit your child and your budget.

Testing Children

Testing of children’s eyes is a process that we try to make as enjoyable and stress free as possible, for you and your kids. We recommend that a child has an eye test at about 2 years of age, just before starting school or prep, and then routinely, usually every 2 years while at school. If your child displays any signs or symptoms of what you suspect could be eye problems, do not hesitate to have them tested. See FAQ for more details.

The tests involved in checking children’s sight will vary between individuals. At Hawkeneyes, we are very used to testing children and have many age and developmental specific testing methods. Please feel free to call us and ask what questions you need to. An optometrist will be glad to speak to you straight away or return your call as soon as possible.


Teachers Requests

Visual perception is the way in which the messages from the eyes are interpreted by the brain. In most people this is well organized and develops normally. In some individuals however, the messages may be scrambled or slow. This means that normal tasks such as copying become a chore for those individuals. There are tests to determine whether or not someone exhibits some problems with their visual perception.

A teacher may ask to have your child to be tested for visual perception, and to have a report written. It is just one of a number of reports from health professionals that educationalists sometimes use. We offer this service at Hawkeneyes Optometrist. Medicare does not cover you for the charges of this service, so please discuss this with the optometrist. A report for yourself and any other professional is included in the charge.

We always like to do a full eye examination on any child before we do a visual perceptual test, and will normally not do both on the same day. A child needs to be fresh when being tested. It also may take more than one session for the battery of perceptual tests to be performed.


Babies do sometimes need to be wearing glasses. You may have a prescription from an ophthalmologist that needs to be filled. We can certainly help you with this. We carry a wide range of glasses for babies, from a very small size, in very cute but practical styles. We take great care in trying to get the best fitting frames for your child, and will explain why we might advise one frame over another.

We are happy to check your baby’s eyes as well if you suspect there is something amiss, or just routinely. When doing this, the optometrist is looking for unusual findings and reactions. In most situations, drops will be used to enable the optometrist to check the health of the eyes and verify any significant prescription. If there is reason for your baby or infant to be referred to a specialist, we will organize that for you. Always feel free to ask any questions of us at any time.

Spectacle lenses

The choice of lenses is important for your child. The incorrect lens type can mean the glasses will be unnecessarily heavy and uncomfortable. Again we will give you the options for what is best and available to you. The final choice will be yours and your child’s.

Contact lenses

When and if you and your child are ready to try contact lenses, just ask us about it. Craig or Joanne will be happy to discuss the prospect and explain what is involved. It is important that the child themselves is ready and motivated, but also mature enough to be able to handle the contact lenses by themselves. You may start off with yourself being taught by us to insert and remove the lenses for very occasional wear, and build up to more regular use of the contact lenses. We usually start off with a daily disposable type of lens to see how everyone copes. We can discuss other options as the wearing regime changes.

We love dealing kids in our practice. They deserve the best care we can give them, and we try our best for all of you.

Please call us or see FAQ for further information.