We all want our kids to be their best and giving them an eye test can give them the start they need. That’s because children’s vision is responsible for up to 80% of all learning in a child’s first twelve years and is essential in their growth and development.
Children often assume that their vision is just like everyone else’s and thus vision problems can easily go undetected. Undetected vision problems can cause difficulties in their ability to learn and socialise with peers. That’s why it is so important for your child to have an eye test before they start school and every two years thereafter. Testing is fun and enjoyable, often in the form of games to assess their vision.
Signs to look out for that may indicate your child is having visual problems include:
- One eye turning (especially when tired)
- Frequent blinking
- Red or watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tilting the head noticeably
- Covering or closing one eye
- Complaining of headaches, blurred or double vision
- Holding books close to face when reading
- Problems with learning to read
Common Vision Problems in Children
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Depending on the nature of the vision problem your optometrist may recommend:
- Corrective eyewear
- Corrective contact lenses
- Vision therapy – usually involving eye exercises in the form of games.
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