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Children and Vision

The Optometrist’s Association of Australia recommends a comprehensive eye examination for children before they start school and then on a regular basis thereafter.

Visual problems can often go undetected in a child because they do not know what they are missing out on. They are likely to assume everyone sees things as they do.

If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, a comprehensive eye examination is recommended

  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Frequently rubbing the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tilting head noticeably
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Holding a book very close to read
  • Leaving out or confusing words when reading
  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
  • Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision

The most common vision problems experienced by school-aged children are those affecting the ability to see clearly and sharply.  These include short-sightedness (blurred distance vision),  long-sightedness (blurred close vision) and astigmatism (distorted vision).  These problems are easy to correct.

Other vision problems may be more subtle and may require different forms of treatment determined by your optometrist.  Finding problems early is the key.









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