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Learning is mostly visual, so ensuring your child sees well is really important for their educational development.

It’s a good idea to have your child’s eyes checked at the beginning of the new year.

20% of kids in Australia have an undetected vision problem! Research from Optometry Australia has found that 79% of parents believe their children have great eyesight, however in many cases it is difficult to know how well they can see without having a professional eye test.

Starting Year 12?
Is your child starting Year 12 this year?
This is the year that they’re more likely to suffer from eye strain from spending time in front of a screen.

A new UK study found that the number of children aged 13 to 16 who need glasses has increased by nearly 100% in less than 10 years.

In 2012 20% needed glasses, that figure nearly doubled, when it grew to 35% of kids needing glasses in 2018!

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
  • Squinting
  • Blurred vision
  • Shoulder and neck stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Reduced attention span
  • Poor behaviour
  • Irritability
  • Frustration

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.

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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.

Learners Permit
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!