One of the most important things we can do for a child’s health is to ensure that their eyes are healthy and functional. Vision problems can interfere with your child’s performance at school and even affect their safety. The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) states that good vision is integral to children’s social and physical development.
At Envision Optical, we believe regularly scheduled eye exams help children remain healthy. Early detection of eye disorders allows Dr Andrew Bowden to intervene and correct vision problems.
The Importance of Eye Exams
Early eye exams are essential to ensuring a child has proper visual skills and optimise their ability to grow into healthy adults. According to the ACO, eye disorders are among the most common long-term health problems children experience.
Children may not even realise they have an eye problem, or they may not tell anyone about their impaired vision. Fortunately, Dr Bowden is a skilled and compassionate eye doctor who can assess your child’s vision and provide the best treatment for their needs.
We recommend seeing children for their first eye test at six months of age. School-aged children should have their eyes examined at least every two years if no corrections are required. Typically, children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should have annual eye exams as recommended by their eye doctor.
Warning Signs that Your Child Needs an Eye Exam
#1 Squinting or Tilting Their Heads
Squinting or tilting the head can be signs of a focusing issue, such as astigmatism, hyperopia or myopia. If your child consistently squints or tilts their head, it could mean they have impaired vision.
#2 Sitting Too Close to the TV or Holding a Book Too Close to the Eyes
Sitting too close to a television or holding a mobile device or book too close to the eyes are clear indications that a child might have vision problems. Children with nearsightedness often bring objects closer to their eyes to see them more clearly.
#3 Persistent Headaches or Eye Pain
If your child complains they have persistent headaches or eye pain, they need an eye exam. Straining their vision can lead to blurred vision, headaches, and tired or painful eyes.
#4 Difficulty Concentrating on School Work
Children today have to focus on a wide range of objects in the classroom. Rapidly changing focus from a whiteboard to a textbook throughout the day may manifest as a lack of focus on schoolwork. If your child has trouble concentrating at school, perhaps it’s time they get an eye exam.
Are You Ready to Arrange an Eye Exam?
If you suspect your child might have vision impairments, we invite you to contact our Burleigh Waters or Tweed Heads eye clinics to book an appointment.