During the first twelve years of your child's life, their vision is fundamental to their learning. A child’s eyes are constantly in use, whether they are reading books, instagramming their mates, completing their homework, or playing sport. Children often assume their vision is just like everyone else’s, which means that any 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.
It is important for children to have an eye test before they start school, and every two years thereafter.
Be Aware of the Signs
Keeping an eye out for possible signs of vision problems ensures that any problems can be detected early to avoid long-term damage. These are some key indicators of potential vision issues:
one eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
red or watery eyes
sensitivity to light
frequently rubbing eyes
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
Depending on the nature of the vision problem, your optometrist may recommend one of the following treatment strategies for your child:
Prescription glasses for part time or full time wear to provide your child with clear vision.
Particularly for kids who want the freedom to participate in sports and other activities without their glasses getting in the way.
To protect your child’s eye from UV rays with 100% UV protection sunglasses in their prescription.
Coral Sea Eyecare stock an excellent range of eyewear designed specifically for children, including Finaire Kids, Catimini, Starwars, Ugly Fish Indestructibles (sunglasses) and the Sceats range.