Children will often not complain of vision problems because they don’t realise they have a problem – everything seems normal to them.
Signs that your child may need an eye test include
- One eye turns in or out whilst the other points straight ahead
- Eyes blink frequently
- Eyes water
- Holds book very close to read
- Loses place when reading
- Rubs eyes frequently
- Tilts head
- Covers or closes one eye
- Poor handwriting speed or poor handwriting neatness
- Complains of intermittent blurred vision
- Squinting or sitting very close whilst watching television
The Optometrists Association Australia recommends that children have a full eye examination with an optometrist before starting school and regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school. If you have concerns about your child’s eyes, or if there is a family history of eye health problems, children can be tested from as early as 6 months of age. However, most children are tested from age 3. The optometrist uses tests that are appropriate for the child’s age and developmental level to provide a full assessment of their vision, eye-focusing, eye-tracking and health of the eyes. The test will determine if glasses or vision-training is needed for the child or if some other health provider’s advice is needed.
No drops are needed for most eye tests.
The test is like a series of games and most children enjoy the experience.
Children find eye training fun. Most adults find it fun too. We use the Computerised Home Therapy System and Perceptual Training System (HTS and PTS) to train the eyes. In addition we do a lot of in-office hands-on Vision Training. Some people need just a couple of exercises. Many will need a full 18 week training program to really get the improvements that they want.
Vision Training helps eye-tracking, processing speed, memory and more.
We also use AMBI computer training for those with lazy eyes.
Our optometrists are trained by the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists ACBO and Optometric Extension Program Foundation OEPF.
A referral is not required to have your child’s eyes tested, but sometimes a teacher or educational person will refer your child for testing. Any referral, reports etc should be brought along to the appointment. This includes reports from speech pathologists, occupational therapists, educational psychologists or reports from previous eye tests.
If requested, we are happy to provide you with a report regarding your child’s vision.
For further information, please refer to the Optometrists Association Australia website (click here). This website has some great information for parents and children regarding glasses and vision, you are also able to download the brochure ‘Parents Guide to Good Vision’.
To make an appointment for an eye test for your child please call us on 03 5572 2185 or use our Online Enquiry Form.