Children's Vision

Learning is Visual

80%  of all learning is visual. If your child’s eyes are not working optimally it can affect their learning, physical and social development. In Australia, 1 in 5 children are suffering from an undetected vision problem. One reason for this is because most children will not complain as they believe what they see is ‘normal’.

 

At Vision Care Eye Clinic we apply a developmental approach to vision to detect and correct hidden vision conditions or problems that may affect behaviour, cause learning problems or difficulties in school or performance at work. If required, glasses or contact lenses may be prescribed to help correct any vision problems. In certain cases, vision therapy can help train the two eyes to function better together.     


Many children with vision problems are misdiagnosed with a learning disability or ADHD. If your child is diagnosed with either of these make sure they get a comprehensive eye exam to give your child the best chance of reaching their full potential. 

 

At what age should my child get an eye test? 

Children should get their first eye test around 6 months old, then between 3-4 years old just before they start school and every year after that. It is important to keep monitoring your child as vision changes can occur without you or your child noticing it. It is important to get regular eye examinations because some children can be suffering from eye problems in silence. Some kids may require more frequent eye tests if specific problems or risk factors exists. Your optometrist will recommend the appropriate time frame according to your child’s situation. 


My child doesn’t know how to read letters yet, can you still test them? 

Yes we can. We utilise age-appropriate tests on infants and preschool children so we can still obtain accurate results.

What symptoms should we look out for? 


Here are some signs your child may have a vision problem: 

  • Sore or tired eyes 
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Frequent blinking
  • Eye rubbing 
  • Turned eye
  • Squinting 
  • Sitting too close to things eg. TV 
  • Bring their reading material very close 
  • Head tilt 
  • Headaches 
  • Difficulty reading 
  • Poor performance at school
  • Confuses colours


My child did a school screening and they were fine, do they still need an eye test?

A vision screening only tests one small component of vision which is their visual acuity (what size letters they can read on the chart) and does not replace a comprehensive eye test with an optometrist. These screenings detect only 20-30% of vision problems in school. A child who sees 20/20 may still have vision problems so it is best to see a qualified optometrist with paediatric experience to rule out any vision issues that can affect their learning.