Good vision is essential in childhood development and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision.
Research has shown that one in five school children have an undetected eye problem. As 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually,
many children cannot see well enough to reach their full potential or enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could.
A child may not realise if their vision is not clear – they assume the way they see is normal. Therefore regular eye examinations are
advised for all children under the age of 16 at least once a year.
Typical warning signs to look out for:
1: One eye turns in, out, up or down
2: Complains of frequent headaches
3: Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot
4: Screws up eyes when reading or watching television
5: Avoids reading, writing or drawing
6: Has difficulty catching a ball
7: Fails to make expected progress at school
8: Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school
If your child is squinting their eyes or started struggling to see in the distance, this could be Myopia (short sight).
5 questions we encourage parents to ask us in the consulting room are:
- Does my child have myopia.