Now the Christmas rush is over and most of us are back at work, it’s time to start thinking about getting the kids organized for school. One of the most important things you can do especially for those children starting school for the first time is have an eye exam.
According to vision charity OneSight it is estimated that up to 40% of children may have vision problems which affect their learning. OneSight estimates that more than 660,000 Australian school-age children have an undetected vision defect.
It is important that young children get tested regularly as their sight can change rapidly in the early years. “This is particularly important if there is a family history of childhood eye or vision problems and/or if there are any signs that their sight has deteriorated,” the Foundation says.
Common eye problems in children
The most common vision problems affecting children are:
astigmatism (distorted vision)
Once recognised, these problems are usually easy to correct.
A serious condition that affects about 2% of all children is called amblyopia, or “lazy eye”. Early treatment of lazy eye is important as it is not possible to correct after about the age of five and can result in permanent loss of vision from one eye.
In simple terms, lazy eye is when both eyes don’t see equally which can be caused by a squint or one eye stronger than the other.
What does an eye exam involve?
Eye tests for children are not invasive or painful. They usually involve bright lights, coloured lenses or charts. All Envision Optical optometrists will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s vision, and Andrew provides specialty children’s vision care for those with more complicated learning problems. He is a Member of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry.
The only way to confirm if your child is having problems with their vision is to book an appointment with an Optometrist. Appropriate vision testing at an early age is vital to ensure your child has the visual skills he or she needs to perform well in school.
A child who is unable to see print or view a blackboard can become easily frustrated, leading to poor academic performance. All vision problems are best treated if they are detected and corrected as early as possible while the child’s vision system is still developing, to ensure your child’s visual system reaches its full potential.
All initial examinations are bulk-billed to Medicare.
No referral is needed.
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