Kids Eye Health: Looking After Your Child's Vision

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Looking after your child’s vision  - Do kids need regular eye tests?

YES! We all want kids to have the best start in life, that’s why it’s so important to detect any vision problems early. Good vision plays a pivotal role in your child’s physical and social development space and enables to them to unlock their full potential.

In a world where 80% of all information is presented visually this is more important than ever. Your local Laubman & Pank Optometrist is here to ensure your child can see their very best.

When should I get my child’s eyes checked?

It’s never too early to start having eye tests. We recommend you visit us at least once every two years, especially before your child starts school.

If your child needs to be seen more frequently, we will let you know and explain why.

What are the most common vision problems in children?

  • Astigmatism (distortion of vision).
  • Hyperopia or long sightedness (difficulty focusing up close).
  • Myopia or short sightedness (blurred distance vision).
  • Strabismus (a turned eye).
  • Amblyopia (poor vision in one eye often due to an eye turn).
  • Inaccurate or poor eye coordination.

What to look out for

If you notice your child is displaying any of the following signs, please visit us for a full assessment.

  • Covers or closes one eye.
  • Complains of headaches.
  • Blinks frequently.
  • Have Has red or watery eyes.
  • Skips lines when reading.
  • Avoids near vision tasks.
  • Leave out or confuse small words when reading.
  • Turns or tilts the head to use one eye only.
  • Exhibits poor co-ordination or are often clumsy.
  • Frequently rubs their eyes.

Your child could be suffering from short sightedness if they:

  • Sit closer than 2-3 metres away from the television.
  • Position themselves closer than 40-50 cm away from the computer screen.
  • Hold reading materials very close to their face.
  • Squint when trying to view distant objects and reading the blackboard.

Ways to keep little eyes healthy

If your child (or you, for that matter) is constantly rubbing their eyes or suffering from headaches, they may have eye strain. Here are some good tips for reducing the chance of eye strain and keeping your family’s eyes healthy.

  • Read using a good light and take regular breaks.
  • Avoid using computers too much and watching TV in a dark room. It’s a good idea to restrict screen sessions to two hour blocks.
  • If reading or doing close work on the computer for extended periods of time, rest the eyes by focusing on something in the distance for 20-30 seconds in 20 minute intervals.
  • Go and enjoy yourself outside. Regular outdoor activity helps reduce the risk of myopia (short sightedness) development.
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors to shield your eyes from harmful sunlight.
  • Eat foods that are rich in vitamins A, C, E, selenium and zinc. They have been shown to play an important role in maintaining eye health.

Always here for you

Your team at your local Laubman & Pank Optometrist is here to look after your family. Contact your local store for more information. We love being able to help and watching your little ones grow up and thrive.