Children's Vision

When it comes to keeping children healthy and ensuring proper childhood development, visits to an optometrist are important.
A child’s eyes are constantly in use for writing, reading, playing sports or using a computer. Children often assume their vision is just like everyone else’s, which means that vision problems can easily go undetected.

Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. With approximately 1 in 5 Australian children either suffering from an undetected vision problem or requiring ongoing assessment, it is important to be aware of the possible signs of a vision problem to give every child the best chance of reaching their full potential.

Common sign's and symptoms 

Keeping an eye out for possible symptoms of a vision problem will ensure that any problems can be detected early to avoid any long-term damage.
School-aged children are most at risk of experiencing vision problems that go unnoticed because they will often assume that their vision is just like everybody else’s.

Watch out for:
*Poor performance at school especially difficulty in reading or writing
* One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
* Frequent blinking
* Red or watery eyes
* Sensitivity to light
* Frequently rubbing eyes
* Difficulty concentrating
* Tilting head noticeably
* Covering or closing one eye
* Holding a book very close when reading
* Leaving out confusing words when reading
* Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
* Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
* Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision

When it comes to vision problems in young children, early diagnosis and treatment provide the best chance of overcoming any long term vision deficiencies. It’s also important to realize that a simple school screening may not detect some of the more complex vision problems described here.


Common eye conditions

Long-sightedness (Hyperopia)
Short-sightedness (Myopia)
Amblyopia or Lazy eye
Binocular vision problems
Early detection is vital

Our extensive examination

Our Optometrists are specially trained to test children’s eyes. We know that the test room can feel a little intimidating to a young child, so we love to showcase our gentle and caring nature to make our practice feel as welcoming as possible. 

1. Case History 
To best understand how your child functions visually, our Optometrists will gather details including any developmental or behavior issues, family medical history, overall health, and school performance.

2. Eyesight 
Children’s eye tests are different from those for adults. We have to cater to every age and ability. Our Optometrists use specially designed eye charts with shapes, numbers, symbols, and pictures for our younger patients. This means that we can test children’s eyes even if they are unable to read.

3. Checking for the need for corrective lenses

4. Eye health 
Checking inside and outside of the eye.

5. Testing of eye aiming, tracking, focussing, and eye teaming skills
It is common that these issues are missed in a regular eye test. These can be a direct link to difficulties in school, including poor reading, slow reading, skipping lines, not writing online, headaches, sore eyes, concentration, and avoiding schoolwork. 

Bulk Billed children's eye exam

At Kay Street Eye Care, Medicare rebates cover the entire fee for regular eye examinations for all school-aged children aged from 0 to 18.
Optometry Australia recommends that children have a full eye examination with an optometrist before starting school and regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school.

Preschool Age: 0-5 years old
Book your children in for an eye test with one of our experienced optometrists to give them the start they need.
We have special charts that allow children to recognise shapes or pictures rather than traditional letter charts. These options help if the child is too young to recognise letters or numbers.
For those too young to recognise shapes our Optometrists will assess ocular health, eye movements and look for signs of hyperopia or myopia with help of a specialised instrument called a Retinoscope.

Primary School Age: Roughly 5-12 years old
The importance of an eye test for all children before they start school (and at least every 3 years thereafter) cannot be overstated.
Sending your child for an eye test while at school gives them the best chance of reaching their full potential in the classroom, on the sports field and in a social setting. Having a comprehensive eye examination early on means your optometrist can monitor your child’s vision as they grow to ensure their vision is developing normally.

Secondary School Age: Roughly 12 - 18 years old
During secondary school many classes, as a requirement, use digital screens whether it is an laptop, IPad, a projector screen or an interactive screens. These devices increase the demand on a child's eyes causing increase risk of binocular vision problems.

Eye tests for children are not invasive or painful. They usually involve bright lights, coloured lenses or charts, and will be conducted by a fully qualified optometrist.

Protective blue light filter coating

If your child does require glasses we can offer a protective UV and blue light filter coating called Satin Blue.

The Satin Blue range is created by world class optical technologies that incorporates protective coatings to shield your eyes from harmful blue-light. Blue-light emanates from LED screens in technology that we use every day - phones, tablets, computers and televisions. Blue-light penetrates the eye deeper than UV-light and some studies suggest may contribute to macular degeneration. Blue-light can also cause tired eyes, insomnia and can disrupt the production of melatonin in our body, (Melatonin is an antioxidant that not only helps us fall asleep, but plays a vital role in slowing the progress of cancer, diabetes and other diseases).

Satin Blue protects your eyes by selectively filtering light, to comfort your eyes whilst looking at a screen and still providing excellent clarity. Satin Blue lenses are scratch resistant, smudge and water resistant and dust repellent, ideal for every day use, no matter what environment you are in.

Book an eye test today!

Please contact us to book your child in with one of our experienced optometrists for a comprehensive eye examination before they start school. It could be the most important exam they will ever take.




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