Keeping an eye on kids’ vision

Did you know that it is estimated 1 in 5 Australian children have some type of undetected vision problem? Changes to lifestyle habits such as increased screen time, increasing levels of near tasks and less time being spent outdoors is only seeing this number increase. As a parent this can be worrying. Here, GMHBA optometrist and father Daniel Strachan, shares his expert advice on what you can do to keep an eye on your children’s vision.

Shining a light on the problem

Vision issues are increasing in Australia and throughout the world. Even with excellent distance vision, there is the possibility of many other hidden issues. These are often subtle and hard for parents and teachers to spot. These problems however can limit a child’s classroom performance and learning potential.

Most visual problems, once identified, can be easily remedied. It is therefore strongly encouraged that all children have a comprehensive eye examination before starting school and then every two years as they progress through their schooling years.

Look for the signs

There can be signs that your child has a vision problem:

  • Squinting
  • Headaches
  • Frequent blinking
  • Poor reading skills
  • Poor concentration
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Holding a book very close
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision
  • Strong aversion to having one eye closed or covered
  • One eye turning in or out while the other points straight ahead

If you observe any of the above, it’s time to book your child in for a full vision and eye health assessment.

See the expert

Our team of Optometrists at GMHBA Eye Care are highly experienced in examining children’s eyes and can help with early detection and treatment of many types of eye problems. During an examination we will thoroughly check your child’s eye health, whilst also fully evaluating their vision, focusing ability, and eye alignment to ensure they can see clearly and comfortably without any undue effort or stress.

Should your child need glasses, our Eye Care practices stock a huge range of kid ready eye wear and our dispensers are always available to help with the selection.

About the Author

Daniel Strachan is a GMHBA Eye Care optometrist, graduating from Deakin University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry. Daniel enjoys all aspects of optometry but particularly enjoys the areas of kids’ vision and contact lenses. He is a keen sportsman with a big love of AFL, cricket, basketball, surfing and swimming. He is married with a young son and a Border Collie that keep him busy.

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