Vision Problems in children….. MUCH more common than you think!
Vision – your child’s eyes are the gateways to their most precious sense. Yet most people make the mistake of assuming their child see perfectly, unless they complain of “trouble seeing the board”. Children can’t tell whether their vision is normal, and just assume they are the same as everyone else.
However, many hidden vision problems are common in children and a missed eye or vision problem can lead to reduced performance at school and persist later in life. It is estimated in data provided by Optometry Australia to be in 1 in 5 children who have a vision problem. That’s much more common than the number of children likely to be picked up by a simple sight screening.
What ages should I have my child’s eyes checked?
Harmony Vision optometrists are very experienced at assessing baby’s and children’s eyes (even though babies can’t read the letter chart!). Routine checks are recommended at: 3-6 months old; 3 years old; Prep; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3, and every 2-3 years thereafter, or whenever you suspect any problems. To find out more contact us.
Vision & Learning
A large part of learning is done visually. Recent studies estimate that up to 70% of information processed in the classroom is visual. This shouldn’t be surprising, but it is easily misunderstood. Reading, spelling, writing and computer require long periods of visual attention on a close page or screen. Undetected vision problems may be confused with a reading difficulty and create similar symptoms to ADD/ADHD because of the impact on concentration and the ability to complete work. Read more about hidden eye vision problems including symptoms, signs & specific testing…
Vision & Attention Problems
A missed or hidden vision problem can give rise to some of the same signs and symptoms that are attributed to ADD/ADHD. Due to these similarities, children with symptoms and signs of ADD/ADHD should undergo a comprehensive vision assessment.
There is an increase in the prevalence of convergence insufficiency this population, so any vision exam needs to include a thorough assessment of eye co-ordination or eye teaming. Read more about symptoms and the link between vision & attention…
Myopia or Short-sight
Exciting new research is beginning to uncover treatments that might slow down myopia progression. Harmony Vision remains committed to offering our patients more than just sight-clearing glasses by staying up to date with the latest myopia treatments.
Eye Turns & Lazy Eyes
Parents of children with an “eye turn” or “lazy eye”, often feel overwhelmed and concerned about the impact this may have on their child. What’s involved with glasses, surgery, vision therapy or patching? At Harmony Vision, we have many years of experience in helping both children and adults with these conditions. We take the time to listen to your concerns and frustrations, as well as answering questions. Read on for more about testing & treatments for eye turns and lazy eyes…