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Eye care Tips for Kids

With the school year almost in the second half, it is important for children to have their eyes checked if they haven’t done already at the beginning of the year. This is because early detection means early intervention. It also prevents delays in learning and development. According to the 2020 Vision Index, commissioned by Optometry Australia, 29 per cent of Australian parents do not believe they need to take their children to the optometrist until they are older, with the average age parents believe children need an eye examination being 5-8 years. An additional 30 per cent of parents have never considered taking their children for an eye examination, despite children learning more from their vision than all other senses combined. Only 68 per cent of parents have ever taken their child for an eye examination, with the key motivators being complaints about poor vision (63 per cent) and eye injuries (45 per cent). Whilst 49 per cent of parents said they would be prompted to take their child for an eye check if their child was struggling at school.

Vision is our most important sense, children often think their vision is completely fine without knowing any better. The onus is now on the parents to take an action with their kid’s eye health.

Optometry Australia’s recommendation is to get your kids eyes tested with an optometrist before they start school and subsequently every 2 years (if everything is ok) as they progress through primary, middle, and secondary school.

At Junic eyecare, we offer a comprehensive eye check which encompasses vision check and binocular vision tests which checks how both eyes work together in seeing a unified single image. Also colour vision and checking for depth perception are all part of the detailed eye examinations tailored for our young patients.

I encourage parents to pay attention to their kid’s vision/eye health and look out for:

  • Squinting to see things,
  • Rubbing their eyes when they are not tired.
  • Head turn/Tilting their head to see better.
  • Close working distance/Holding books close to their eyes or sitting close to the television.
  • Clumsiness
  • Avoidance of near activities
  • Excessive blinking
  • Poor reading and/or writing at school
  • Eyes appear to wander or are crossed.
  • Avoiding activities conducted close to the face such as colouring and drawing.
  • Difficulty reading, such as skipping and confusing words, and holding a book very close while reading

 

Junic Eye Care, Junic Specialist Centre, Molonglo Health Hub, 110

Woodberry Avenue, Coombs. Visit Junic Eye Care or call (02) 6152 8585.