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Myopia, commonly known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness, is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide, doubling in children over the course of a single generation. 36% of Australians are predicted to be myopic by 2020 and by 2050, it’s set to increase to 55%. What is myopia? Myopia is a common eye condition where the eyeball grows too long, causing blurred distance vision. Children are typically diagnosed with myopia around 10-12 years of age. However, the age of onset is dropping, increasing…
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1 in 5 children

1 in 5 kids have an undetected vision problem. 
Could yours be one of them?

Every parent wants to ensure their child sees every opportunity coming their way. But for a child to perform at their best, their eyes need to be working at their best as well.  Did you know that vision is responsible for 80% of all learning in a child’s first twelve years?1 A child’s eyes are constantly in use, whether they’re reading, writing, using a digital device or playing outdoors. Children often assume their vision is just like everyone else’s, which…
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choosing your child's glasses

Choosing your child’s glasses

Having to wear glasses for the first time can be a daunting experience for your child. Eyewear is such a significant addition to your child’s appearance, which is why it’s so important to choose glasses that make your child feel comfortable with their new look. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your child’s glasses. Durability Most children are pretty hard on their glasses and they can end up being dropped, sat on, or left at…
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Could your child be myopic (short-sighted)?

What is myopia? Also know as ‘short-sightedness’ or ‘nearsightedness’ - myopia is an eye condition that makes distance vision blurry. It usually starts in childhood when the eyeball grows too long and progressively gets worse as the eye continues to grow. Myopia currently affects around 80 million children worldwide and is projected to increase to nearly half the world's population by 2050. The average age of onset is progressively getting younger. In 1983 it was 11 years old, whereas in…
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What is amblyopia and how do I detect it?

What is amblyopia and how do I detect it? Amblyopia, also known as ‘lazy eye’, is a common cause of reduced vision in children. It begins during infancy and early childhood due to a disruption in the normal development of vision. Amblyopia affects around 3 per cent of children. Most cases can be treated successfully if detected and treated correctly at an early age. However if undetected or left untreated it can result in permanent vision loss. What is Amblyopia?…
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Back to school – has your child had an eye examination?

To the delight of many parents (and dismay of kids), children have just returned back to school. One thing that parents often overlook is having their child's vision tested at the start of each year. One in five children have vision problems that can affect their academic performance and ability to learn and socialise. A thorough eye examination, by an optometrist that specialises in children’s vision, can help to diagnose and address any visual issues and help give your kid’s the…
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Effects of technology on children’s eyes

These days technology rules but have you ever consider the effects of technology on children's eyes? We live in a world where using computers and digital devices is unavoidable and that is especially true for the younger generation of children and teenagers who use digital devices to learn, play and be entertained more so than any generation before. Throughout schools, and even some kindergartens, computers and ipads have been introduced as part of the curriculum. The main advantage of this…
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