Children’s Vision

Good vision is essential for a child to reach their full potential

More than 80% of the information children receive about the work comes through their eyes.  Vision problems can severely impact on a child’s educational, physical and social development.  It is recommended that school age children have a comprehensive eye exam every 2 years throughout their schooling.

It is important for a parent to recognize the signs of vision defects as often a child is not aware that they have a problem.

The most common visual problems with children are:

  • Short sightedness – problems seeing in the distance
  • Long sightedness – problems seeing close up
  • Astigmatism – distortion of vision
  • Once these problems are recognized they are easily corrected.
  • Some other problems to look for are:
  • Poor hand-eye co-ordination of the eye
  • Turned eye
  • Difficulties maintaining focus
  • A parents checklist for detecting a vision problem may be the following:
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eyes screwed up while watching TV
  • Frequently rubbing the eye
  • Low concentrating
  • Tilting head noticeably
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Holding a book very close to read
  • Leaving out or confusing words when reading
  • Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
  • Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision
  • Complains of burning or itching eyes.

(Optometrists Association of Australia, A Parent’s Guide to Good Vision)

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