Your Child's Eyes

Your Child's Eyes

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Did you know?

Many children try to adapt to their vision problem without knowing they could see better. As a parent you are best placed to detect the signs of a potential vision problem.

Through regular eye examinations and by following some simple guidelines you can help your child to achieve the best possible vision and prevent conditions that can lead to permanent vision impairment.

Children who are struggling with undetected vision problems often fail to progress well in school. The following checklist shows common symptoms children with vision problems can exhibit

Signs that could indicate a possible vision problem:

  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Holding a book very close to read
  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision

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

Once recognised, these problems are usually easy to correct. Other vision problems may be more difficult to detect, such as a turned or lazy eye, and require treatment by an optometrist. Early detection is the key.

For more information:

Parent's Guide to Good Vision
Multilingual Parent's Guide to Good Vision