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Has your child had an eye examination recently?

10/02/2015

  Has your child had an eye examination recently?

Did you know that 1 in 10 Australian children suffer from long-term eye disorders? 

Good vision is important for your child’s educational, physical and social development. 

 Possible vision problems in school-aged children

The most common vision problems experienced by school-aged children are those affecting the ability to see clearly and sharply.

These problems include:

  • Shortsightedness (blurred distance vision)

  • Longsightedness (difficulty focussing up close)

  • Astigmatism (distortion of vision)

 Once recognised these problems are usually easy to correct.

Early detection is the key!

 When should my child’s eyes be tested?

Optometrists Association Australia recommends that children have a full eye examination with and optometrist before starting school and regularly as they progress though primary and secondary school.

 A thorough eye examination with an optometrist takes approximately 30 minutes and attracts a Medicare rebate.

 Signs that could indicate a possible vision problem

 Frequent blinking

  • Red or watery eyes

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Frequently rubbing the eyes

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Tilting head noticeably

  • Covering or closing one eye

  • Difficulty learning to read

  • Holding a book very close to read

  • Leaving out or confusing words when reading

  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching TV

  • Complaints of headaches

  • Complaints of blurred or double vision

 

 To find the location of your nearest optometrist or for further information visit www.optometrists.asn.au