Junior & Teen Eyecare

If your child has vision problems that don’t get picked up at this age, their learning may become significantly hampered. Reading, writing, seeing the board, using computers...all these activities rely on the ability to see well.

If your child is demonstrating any of the below, you should consult your optometrist to rule out problems with sight:

  • Your son or daughter avoids reading and much other close-range visual work.
  • Your son or daughter attempts to do their work but with a low level of understanding and efficiency.
  • Your son or daughter regularly experiences discomfort, fatigue and demonstrates a short attention span.

Symptoms like these can be attributed to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or even nothing at all. But if vision problems aren’t picked up, it’s possible that your child will be misdiagnosed whilst the root cause of the problem goes undetected.

Early Signs of Eye and Vision Problems

Many children at this age aren’t aware they have sight problems - this is why it’s crucial for parents to be informed.

If your child exhibits any of the below problems, be sure to visit the optometrist:

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • An eye turning in or out/Cross-Eyed
  • Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read

When Should I Book an Eye Exam for My Child?

Your child should receive an eye examination at least every two years during this period, but this can vary according to the instructions of your optometrist. School vision screenings do not equate to thorough eye examinations by a qualified optometrist.

Vision for Sports and Protecting the Eyes

The ability to participate in sports and play outside is also a central part of most children’s lives. Visual skills often required include:

  • Good distance vision
  • Accurate depth perception
  • A wide field of vision
  • Effective hand-eye coordination

What sometimes gets overlooked is the importance of protecting the eyes when it comes to playing sports outside. Thousands of children a year suffer from sport induced eye injuries because they have no protective eyewear.

Children who are outside a lot in hot weather may also be at risk of eye damage from ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. If this sounds like your child, you should invest in a good pair of UV-protective sunglasses, you may also be pleased to know that some sport-specific designs may even help to improve sports performance!