Eye Vision Problems in children... How common are they?
A lot more common than you realise! Up to 30% of children will have visual problems requiring correction, yet only 10% of children are using corrective eyewear. This means 1 in 5 children are missing out on the visual correction they need.
Detecting children’s vision problems
Children assume they see the same as everyone else and rarely report problems with their vision. If objects look blurry or if they get headaches then they assume that this is normal and don’t think to complain.
A hidden vision problem can affect school performance and create further problems later in life. The only way to be sure that your child does not have a vision problem is to have their eyes examined by a Behavioural Optometrist.
When to have a child’s eyes checked
At Eyes by Design, our Behavioural Optometrist, Nicholas Altuneg is trained to check your baby’s eyes, even though babies can’t read the letter chart!
Routine checks are recommended at: 3-6 months old; 3 years old; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3, and every 2 years thereafter, or whenever you suspect any problems.
The Vision – Learning relationship
Over 80% of information processed in the brain is visual. Most learning tasks such as reading, writing, spelling and computer work require long periods of visual attention at close distances.
Good vision is the key to enabling more “effortless” learning.
Some hidden vision problems can contribute to a learning delay. So a comprehensive eye examination by a Behavioural Optometrist will detect or rule out visual or visual information processing problems.
Children very rarely report visual problems unless they are severe. Therefore, your observations as a parent or a teacher may be the first indicator that a child requires an eye examination. It is worth being aware of these factors:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty with concentrating
- Slow reading
- Fatigue after school
- Tired, itchy or watery eyes
- Rereading a lot or forgetting what they’ve read
- Poor coordination