To a large extent, vision is a learned skill which embraces the ability to identify, interpret and understand what is seen. Visual problems can affect a child's ability to see clearly and can interfere with his/ her reading, concentration, comprehension and intellectual development.
The Optometrists Association Australia recommends a child have a complete eye examination before kindergarten; and then regular check-ups (at least every 1 to 3 years) to enable preventative care and early detection of any visual problems.
Some symptoms to watch for:
- Holding reading material too close to the face
- Rubbing eyes for no apparent reason
- Headaches in the classroom or when doing homework
- Poor sitting posture or facial distortions while reading – e.g. frowning, excessive blinking
- Squinting of eyes whilst viewing TV or the blackboard
- Moving head excessively
- Little or no voluntary reading at home
- When using a computer, make sure your child is at least 40cm from the screen, and has regular breaks, say at least every 30 – 45 minutes
- When watching TV, make sure your child is seated at least 2- 3m away from the television
- When reading, make sure that your child doesn't have the book or sheet of paper close to his/her face. The correct distance can be measured by putting your fist to your nose and the book should be at your elbow distance and parallel to your face.
To arrange an appointment for a general eye examination with one of our qualified optometrists, please do not hesitate to contact our rooms. If there is a visual problem, the nature of the condition will be determined and explained to you, and you will be informed of any appropriate treatment. It may be that a pair of spectacles is required for reading or the computer; or vision therapy (eye exercises) to be carried out at home.
With the right recommendation, your child will be able to see at optimum levels and develop to his / her full potential at school.