Children's eye Health
When it comes to formative and intellectual development, maintaining good children’s eye health is essential. While other senses play an important role too, the eyes are conducive to socialising, reading emotions, and language development.
HOW COULD WE HELP
First, it's useful to understand what some of the symptoms of poor visual health are in children. Indications that you may need to request an eye test include:
- Your child tilting their head when they look at an item
- Red and watery eyes
- Eye rubbing
- Frequent blinking
- Blurry or double vision
- Slow academic development
- Difficulty reading
Unfortunately, young children may assume that their vision is normal. As such, a children’s eye test before they begin school may prevent developmental difficulties resulting from impaired vision. By having their eyes tested by an optometrist regularly in the absence of symptoms, you can catch difficulties at their earliest stages.
Leading optometrists throughout Australia recommend scheduling such tests as early as possible. With such an approach, you can catch signs of poor visual development even when your child isn’t able to communicate them.
WORKING WITH AN OPTOMETRIST TO REDUCE THE RISK OF VISION PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN
Making sure your children's eye health remains stable doesn't just involve regular visits to an optometrist. There are ways you can benefit them at home too.
Reduce screen time; from iPads to gaming consoles, evidence shows that too much screen time results in poor outcomes for children’s eye health. As such, placing a limit on screen time is vital.
One of the biggest eye problems in children associated with screen time is myopia. Also known as short sightedness, myopia makes reading challenging, which then has an overall effect on all areas of a child’s academic development.
SCHEDULING AN EYE TEST EARLY
Scheduling an eye test early ensures your child avoids the following difficulties at school:
- Being unable to read the board
- A lack of proprioception when participating in sports
- Struggling to read class texts
Eye tests are non-invasive and help you give your child the best start in life. To book one, call our friendly team today.