Your child’s eyesight changes as they grow and the detection of early vision problems can prevent future problems from occurring. Clear vision can also assist in their learning and development.

A standard eye test using the latest in optical technology is the best way to determine whether your child’s eyes are healthy.

1 in 5 children have an undiagnosed vision problemGood vision = good educational, physical and social developmentChildren should have regular eye tests throughout primary and secondary schoolOptometrists Association Australia recommends an eye test before starting school

Signs of a vision problem

Children often think that what they’re seeing is normal and adapt to this vision, even though they’re not seeing clearly.

There are a few signs to look out for when your child has a vision problem.

  • Eyes point in different directions – one eye points straight while the other turns in or out
  • Frequent blinking or squinting
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Frequent rubbing of eyes
  • Tilting of head or closing one eye when reading a book or watching television
  • Holding books too close when reading or sitting too close when watching television
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Struggling to recognise familiar people or objects from a distance
  • Headaches, blurred or double vision

If you notice your child doing any of the above, we recommended that you book them in for an eye test with your Health Partners optometrist.

Kids’ eye tests

Approximately 30 minutes long, they include a series of simple tests designed to check your child’s eye health, visual acuity (how well they can see), binocular vision (how well the eyes work together) and colour vision.

If you’re concerned about your child’s vision, book an eye test today. We bulk-bill which means you won’t have anything to pay on the day.^

^Eye tests are bulk-billed through Medicare and subject to eligibility and Medicare conditions.

Posted: Feb 09 2021


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