Children’s eyes continue to grow until early adulthood, and that can mean changes in their vision. Plus the number of hours they spend in front of electronic screens is leading to eye strain, blurred vision, and short sightedness.
Digital eye strain affects vision and is caused by frequent, prolonged periods of staring at digital screens. The most common symptoms are:
- Dry eyes
- Irritated eyes
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder and neck stiffness
- Reduced attention span
- Poor behaviour
Eye strain is a result of the repetitive motion of our eyes, combined with screen glare, blue light and flickering. Plus looking from information on a desk and back to the screen – our eyes need to keep re-adjusting and this takes a lot of effort from our eye muscles.
Talk to us about what you child’s technology habits are (or even your own if you are having problems) and we can help protect against discomfort.
Our behavioural optometrist can test visual skills that are important to learning, work and life. They look at muscle control of your eyes to ensure that they are focusing well from board to book, to laptop, and that your eyes are tracking across the page or screen for fluent reading.
Vision problems can contribute to learning problems, if your child is struggling they may have a learning-related vision problem that can be diagnosed by our behavioural optometrist.
Changes in vision can also be picked up by a yearly eye check. Eye checks are a quick, painless and comprehensive method to make sure your child has clear vision.
If your child is going for their Drivers Learners Permit, they must produce an ‘eyesight certificate’ before they are granted their Permit to drive. Our optometrists are able to complete the certificate for you..
If you have any concerns about your child’s vision at any time, please speak with your optometrist as soon as possible.
Keeping an eye on your child’s eye health!