Children's Vision

Don’t let your kids fall behind! Learning is now a life-long process.

Students from early on through university require clear vision for success. At Envision Optical, our children's optometrists in Burleigh Waters and Tweed Heads ensure that comprehensive eye examinations will detect any vision problems that may interfere with learning.

Our approach to comprehensive eye exams and treatments for children include:

  • Regular vision tests
  • Eyewear
  • Treatments for disorders and conditions

We also offer advanced therapies for: 

  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Convergence excess
  • Tracking disorders
  • Accommodative dysfunction

What Is Convergence Insufficiency?

Convergence insufficiency means your child has trouble keeping the eyes focused in unison when doing close work. While this may be congenital, we find that visual fatigue is the main culprit.

Symptoms include:

  • Decreased fine eye-to-hand skills
  • Avoidance of up-close tasks
  • Decreased attention to visually difficult tasks
  • Headaches
  • Red or sore eyes
  • Occasional double vision
  • Head tilting with close-up work

Your child’s optometrist in Burleigh Waters or Tweed Heads can customise therapy to help your child overcome this complication. Treatments may include eyeglasses or vision therapy.

In some cases, six in-office visits spaced one week apart may be all that is required. In other cases, a longer period of therapy may be needed to develop and teach visual skills for optimal results.

What Is Convergence Excess?

Convergence excess means your child’s eyes focus closely—in front of the text or object.

Symptoms include:

  • Strained eyes
  • Headaches
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Feeling tired
  • Insufficient recall of reading material
  • Difficulty copying from the blackboard

Treatment requires prescription eyewear, close monitoring and sometimes therapy in our eye clinic and at home.

What Are Tracking Problems

Controlling eye movement is required for reading.

Children who have problems tracking lines may read slowly. They may lose track or leave out words when reading aloud. This can interfere with comprehension and learning. You may also notice your child using a finger to follow the text in a book.

Poor tracking can be treated with specific vision therapies. If therapy is necessary, it usually consists of visits to our eye clinic and therapies at home.

What Is Accommodative Dysfunction?

Accommodative dysfunction is a problem with the focusing system of the eye, particularly up close.

Your child may be able to see clearly in general but have difficulty focusing comfortably when reading.

Focusing problems generally are not muscle related. Occasionally, a child will not develop focus stamina in early childhood. However, in most situations, eye fatigue is the culprit.

The symptoms are similar to those found in convergence excess as is the needed therapy, including the use of spectacles.

Our Focus Is on Your Child’s Eyes

For Gold Coast children’s optometry in Burleigh Waters and Tweed Heads, we encourage your call.

Our optometrists and eye team can’t wait to meet you!