Vision Matters

Your child’s vision is important. In the classroom, 80% of learning is visual, outside the classroom vision allows your child to discover and learn about the world around them. Having good vision is important for your child’s learning and development.

Vision is complex! 

  • A child that sees “20/20” can have a vision problem.
  • A child that pass a basic screening can still have a vision problem.
  • A child that does not complain can also have a vision problem

A comprehensive eye test is important so that all aspects of their vision is assessed and nothing is missed.

Vision problems are sometimes masked as learning difficulties or behavioural issues. A child who is unable to “see to learn” may begin to fall behind in class or respond by misbehaving. Children are often anaware of symptoms or unable to explain them. It is important to pick up vision problems early to ensure that appropriate treatment is given and your child can reach his/her’s full potential.

Your Child’s Vision Deserves the Best Care

All children should have a comprehensive eye examination. We see babies as young as a few months to teenagers in high school and a child’s eye examination is tailored for their age and needs. A 2 year old and 10 year old will have different abilities to respond to tests and different visual needs. We are experienced in choosing the right tests so that your child’s vision and eye health is thoroughly checked.  A standard child’s eye exam usually include the following.

How clearly can your child see?

Older children will be able to read letters or numbers off a chart. For younger children specially designed charts are available with shapes and pictures to assess this.  We can also assess whether your child has myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism which can often affect the clarity of vision. This can be measured even if the child cannot give us any responses e.g. babies.

Can your child use both eyes as a team?

This can be tested as simple as covering one eye at a time to assess whether the eyes are straight, or using prism with increasing power to assess the limits of their muscles to keeping the eyes straight. Assessing whether your child can see 3D is also important in determining  how well they can use both eyes together.  Whether your child has an eye-turn (strabismus) or a lazy eye (amblyopia) needs to be carefully assessed.

Does your child have accurate eye focusing?

Eye focusing can be assessed through various tests and often variety of tests to ensure that the results are consistent. We may ask your child to looks at some pictures at near while we shine a light to estimate the accuracy of their eye focusing or we may ask your child to look through different lens powers to assess if they can change their focus quickly.

Can your child have age appropriate eye movements?

Smooth and accurate eye movements are essential to being able to track across a page and read. This can be simple assessed by asking your child to use their eyes follow a moving target.

Does your child have a colour vision problem?

The Ishihara tests is a useful tool to help us screen whether your child has a colour vision deficiency. If they are unable to read numbers, another similar test using shapes can be used.

Are your child’s eyes healthy?

Various instruments allow us to asses the external part of your child’s eyes and also have a look inside to check the optic nerve, macular and retina. For many children a retinal photograph is a useful tool for checking the inside of the eyes and is kept on file for future references.

Does your child have delays in their developmental vision processing skills causing learning difficulties?

Developmental vision processing skills are important to being able to understand what we “see”. If indicated we are able to screen whether your child will need to return for further assessment in this area.

How often should I get my child’s eyes tested?

We recommended children have their eye check at 6 months old, at 3 years and just before they start school. Following that, our optometrist recommend reviewing between 3-18 months depending on your child’s needs.

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