How is a child’s vision assessment different at For Eyes Optometrist?

The assessment of your child’s vision can vary based on the eyecare philosophy of an optometry practice.

For Eyes Optometrist is a behavioural optometry practice and therefore will assess not only a child’s ability to see but also their visual development and skills. Their visual skills will affect how they interpret and understand visual information.

For example, the assessment of your child’s vision will go beyond the requirement to provide clear vision.  It will include:

  • vision comfort 
  • the accuracy and ease of eye movements
  • the effort required to maintain focus and control, and
  • the ability of the eyes to work together
How can I reduce the risk of vision problems in my child?

Making sure your child’s eye health remains stable doesn’t just involve regular visits to an optometrist. There are other ways you can reduce the risk of vision problems. Reducing the amount of screen time can have a positive impact.

One of the main eye health issues associated with screen time is myopia, or short sightedness.  This can impact a child’s eye health and academic development

When, and how often, should a child have an eye test?

We recommend that all children have an eye test prior to commencing school to ensure that there are no vision problems that would impede their ability to learn.

Thereafter, we recommend an eye test every 18 months to 3 years unless advised otherwise by our optometrists.

If your child is a new patient to our practice, it is important that we gather as much information as possible regarding their ocular history, general health and family history.

Please complete our Welcome to For Eyes Optometrist form: Children/Young Adults  and either email to our practice ([email protected]) before the appointment or bring it with you to your first appointment.