One Test Your Child Can’t Afford to Miss
We all want our kids to be their best and having an eye test can give them the start they need. That’s because vision is responsible for 80% of all learning in a child’s first twelve years^ and is essential to their growth and development.
A child’s eyes are constantly in use, whether they’re reading, writing, using a computer or playing sports. Children often assume their vision is just like everyone else’s, which means that vision problems can easily go undetected. Poor Vision can interfere with their ability to learn and meet their full potential, and can even compromise their physical, emotional and social development.
That’s why it’s important for all children to have an eye test before they start school and every two years thereafter.
So help them be their best and book them in for an eye test. It may be the most important thing you do for them this year.
Be Aware of the Signs
Keeping an eye out for possible signs of a vision problem will ensure that any problems can be detected early to avoid any long-term damage.
- One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
- Frequent blinking
- Red or watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Frequently rubbing eyes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tilting head noticeably
- Covering or closing one eye
- Difficulty learning to read
- Holding a book very close when reading
- Leaving out confusing words when reading
- Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
- Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
- Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision
Common Vision Problems in Children
The most common vision problems in children include:
- Long-sightedness – Difficulty seeing objects up close.
- Short-sightedness – Difficulty seeing objects in the distance.
- Astigmatism – Occurs when the eye is shaped more like a football instead of a tennis ball, distorting one’s vision.
Depending on the nature of the vision problem, your optometrist may recommend one of the following treatment strategies:
- Corrective eyewear – prescription glasses for part time or full time wear to provide your child with clear vision.
- Corrective contact lenses – particularly for kids who want the freedom to participate in sports and other activities without their glasses getting in the way.
- Vision Therapy – a Behavioural optometrist will work with your child to enhance their visual abilities.
- Prescription sunglasses – protect your child’s eye from dangerous UV rays with 100% UV protection sunglasses in their prescription.