IT’S THAT TIME… BACKPACKS AND LUNCH BOXES AT THE READY, SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION! SEEING FRIENDS AGAIN IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR OUR KIDS. SADLY, AROUND 1 IN 5 CHILDREN HAVE UNDETECTED VISION PROBLEMS THAT CAN HINDER THEM REACHING THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. DESPITE THIS 30% OF PARENTS HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED HAVING THEIR CHILD’S EYES TESTED.
When was the last time your child’s eyes were tested? Do you think that there’s no need unless your child complains of difficulty seeing? Before children are diagnosed with a vision problem, they may think the way they see is normal – in many cases, they simply don’t know the difference between clear vision and the way they see. Our learning journey in school is driven in most cases by our ability to see clearly. With so much of learning visual-based, it is important to have your child’s vision in order.
Throughout their young lives, kids’ bodies change at a practically dizzying rate– and their eyes aren’t necessarily exceptions.
Optometry Australia and Eye Envy Optometrist recommend children have a full eye examination with an optometrist before starting school and regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR INCLUDE:
– Frequent blinking
– Red or watery eyes
– Difficulty concentrating
– Hovering or closing one eye
– Holding a book very close to read
– Squinting or sitting very close when watching TV
– Complaints of headaches
– Complaints of blurred or double vision
Recent studies and investigations have found that during quarantine and extended periods of homeschooling the rates of myopia or short-sightedness have increased. There is great importance in balancing the time that children spend on screens and devices with their time outside in sun to reduce the development of myopia and slow its progression.
If you suspect your child has a vision problem or you have never had your child’s eyes examined, please see us. Eye Envy Optometrist recommends children get their eyes tested before starting school and regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school. You can call us on 5432 3077 to book a bulk billed comprehensive Eye examination four your child.