It is very important to test children’s vision from an early age.
Children learn mostly with their eyes, and clear and comfortable vision is necessary for a child to learn successfully. Reading, writing, whiteboard / blackboard work, computers are all hard work if you can not see clearly. Short-sightedness is common in children, especially when there is a family history of short-sightedness. If your child has poor vision this may cause them to fall behind in class at school and perform poorly.
Sometimes your child may seem to see well but in actual fact the whiteboard at school, for example, may not look clear. Your child may not even think to complain the board is clearly because the board has always looked that way, they see this as ‘normal’.
Another reason to test a child’s eye is that 1 eye may be seeing better than the other. If this is happening and it is left untreated then it can lead to a lazy eye, known as Amblyopia. When this occurs the brain does not acknowledge the image seen by the Amblyopic eye and the child suppresses the image. If the suppression of the image from the blurry eye has already begun, then your child will not even notice that their vision is blurry.
There are a number of signs and/or symptoms that your child may have if they are struggling with their vision; these are listed below:
- Loses their place whilst reading
- Avoids close work
- Holds reading material closer than normal
- Tends to rub their eyes a lot
- Has headaches
- Turns or tilts head to use one eye only
- Uses finger to maintain place when reading
- Performs below potential at school.
If you have any concerns at all then please contact us on 07 856 2611 to arrange an appointment with our Optometrist.
If you have a Community Services card then see our ‘Promotions’ page about how the government subsidy can help with the cost of the eye examination and glasses!