Eye examinations should be the first test of the school year

Eye examinations should be the first test of the school year

With one in four children suffering an undetected vision problem, we are encouraging parents to ensure their children make a healthy start at the beginning of the school year by having an eye examination done before school starts.

The number one tip for a successful school year is to get your child’s eyes checked. Healthy vision is crucial to a child’s performance both inside and outside the classroom.

Along with allergies and asthma, eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems experienced by children. Undetected vision problems may cause learning difficulties and contribute to reading issues.

With 80 per cent of all learning experienced through vision, many children with undetected vision problems often fail to progress well in school.

Vision problems may not always be apparent to the child or the parent so it’s important to make sure an eye examination is checked off the ‘back to school’ list before school starts.

Common signs of possible vision problems in children

  • Holding reading materials too close to their eyes
  • Constantly rubbing of eyes
  • Continually squinting
  • Having irritated or teary eyes

Symptoms such as these can often be misinterpreted as developmental issues or learning disabilities causing children to become impatient, lack attention or become fidgety during the day.

A thorough eye examination should be conducted at the beginning of the school year to ensure any changes to eye health are picked up early.

One in 10 Australian children suffers from a long-term eye disorder. Early detection and treatment is key. Monitoring your children’s vision may help identify any potential eye health issues before permanent damage occurs.

It is also important to consider how UV rays and glare are also a threat to your child’s health. Over time, UV exposure can contribute to a deterioration of long-term eye health. For this reason, it is important to select child-appropriate lenses that provide glare protection and block 100 per cent of the sun’s damaging UV rays.

For more information on how to protect youthful eyes contact us today!