Children’s Vision

Children’s Vision

Seeing 20/20 is not everything. That’s why we’ve made a comprehensive eye test to cover for everything else.

A large number of kids who struggle with reading, writing, copying from the board or eye-hand coordination in sports suffer from a vision-related problem. Surprisingly, 73% of these vision-related problems get past a school vision screen! (source: American Association of Optometry)

You may ask, “How can my child who sees 20/20 have poor vision?” It could be…

  • they have difficulty shifting focus from their notes to the board
  • they keep losing their place when reading because their eyes don’t track well
  • their eyes can’t hold a focus on a moving object such as a ball thrown in their direction.

Eyecare Kids Comprehensive Eye Test


Eye Focusing (Accommodation)

Kids with an eye focusing problem may find their eyes fatigue very quickly and can no longer maintain the effort to focus and complete their tasks.

When reading for a significant period, a child with eye focusing problem may see text like this.

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Eye Teaming (Convergence)

Normally, when looking at an object, our eyes are meant to point at that object in a precise and coordinated way, giving us a single comfortable vision which we can sustain for long periods.

A child will poor eye teaming may see text like this.

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Eye Tracking (Ocular Motor)

If your child has poor eye tracking, it won’t be unusual for them to lose their place when reading, skip words or lines, start reading a word out from the middle or jumble letters.

A child whose eyes don’t track well may see text like this.

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Common Refractive Errors we check for and manage:


Myopia, or short-sightedness, is when objects at far appear blurry whilst those at near appear clear.

Read more about myopia.


Hyperopia, or long-sightedness, is when objects at near appear blurry whilst distant ones appear clear.

Read more about hyperopia.


Astigmatism causes uncomfortable eyes that fatigue quickly and that could lead to headaches due to trouble focusing. Higher amounts of astigmatism can cause blurred and distorted vision.

Read more about astigmatism.

Download for Free our Checklist to Observable Clues to Classroom Vision Problems!

Our exhaustive list of observable clues tells parents and teachers what to watch out for to help detect possible hidden vision problems which may affect learning.

What is Behavioural Optometry?

Behavioural Optometry is a subset of optometry which focuses on your vision in relation to your visual demands (what your eyes need to do) to help ensure your vision is working as comfortably and freely as possible. Just because you have clear vision doesn’t mean you interpret what you see efficiently.

Read more about what exactly is Behavioural Optometry.

How Can We Help?

Vision Beyond the Eyeball

Our behavioural optometrists have a special interest in vision beyond the eyeball. We don’t only assess for clarity of vision, but also functional visual skills such as eye tracking, eye focusing, eye teaming, and visual information processing.

Visual Processing Assessment

We assess how their eyes and brain process visual information and use it to measure how this processing affects your child’s performance and behaviour.

Ensure Child Keeps Up with Visual Demands

We take a holistic approach to ensure that your child has the strength and stamina to keep up with all the visual demands placed on them.

Improve All Aspects of Visual Performance

Our behavioural optometrist will not only consider the treatment of any eyesight difficulties but also the benefits of prevention, protection and enhancement of your child’s visual system in order to improve all aspects of their visual performance.

Your child’s sight is precious.

Let our behavioural optometrist check their eyes today.

Your child’s sight is precious.

Let our behavioural optometrist check their eyes today.