Many kids that have vision problems don’t realise they can’t see well.

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Kids adapt well, quite often their vision problem has been developing slowly, so they’ve adapted and not realised they can’t see as well as they should.

Optometry Australia’s 2020 research found that 79% of Parents believe their kids have good eyesight.  Parents are often amazed when they are told that their child needs glasses.

It’s really important that your child’s vision is the best it can be, they use their vision to learn about life – before they’re old enough for school and when they’re at school.

 

A quick and simple eye test can make a big difference to your child’s ability to learn about their surroundings, and of course when at school. Any problem that your child may have can quickly and easily be found and corrected.

So when should you get their eyes checked?

 

It’s recommended by Optometry Australia that every child has their eyes tested before they start primary school, and then every year after that to pick up any changes that may occur if they have a problem, or every two years if no problems are identified.

Of course, if you notice a problem, or are not sure, but think your child may have a problem, it’s always best to have a chat to your optometrist and have them test your child.

And if your child’s immediate family – their siblings, and/or you and your partner have vision problems it’s a really good idea to take them for an eye test earlier, rather than later.

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Before school starts

A test done before starting school is important as vision plays a big role in school learning. And it may be that they don’t need glasses, but are struggling with another vision problem that can be fixed if it’s found.

There are simple things you can do to help develop your child’s vision.
  • Play catch in the backyard with a ball or small bean bag
  • Encourage them to participate in activities requiring hand-eye coordination
  • Read aloud to your child and show them what you are reading
  • Give them art supplies, like a chalkboard, finger paints, or pencils to colour, cut and paste
  • Play simple memory games
  • Make time for outdoor play like bike riding, swinging and rolling activities
  • Encourage interaction with other children.
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