Children learn more from vision than all other senses combined.
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.
With vision playing a key role in a child’s development both inside and outside of school, regular eye examinations are the key to ensuring that their eyes are working well and any underlying vision issues are detected at an early age.
When, and how often, should a child have an eye examination?
We recommend that all children receive a routine eye examination prior to commencing school to ensure that there are no vision problems that would impede their ability to learn. Thereafter, we recommend an eye examination every 18 months -3 years unless advised otherwise by an optometrist.
Scheduling an eye test early ensures your child avoids the following difficulties at school:
- Being unable to read the board
- Reduced participation in sports
- Struggling to read class texts
Children’s vision assessment
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 visual skills that affect how they interpret and understand visual information.
For example, the assessment will go beyond the requirement to provide clear vision. It will assess vision comfort, the accuracy and ease of eye movements and the effort required to maintain focus and control over the eyes, and the ability of the eyes to work together.
How can you reduce the risk of vision problems in a child?
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, reduced distance clarity, which can have a detrimental effect on all areas of a child’s academic development.