At Vision One Eyecare we support our local communities and provide vision screenings for kindergarten and primary school children.
More than 80 per cent of a child’s learning is visual and one in four children has some form of vision problem that requires immediate attention or ongoing monitoring.
Australian College of Behavioural Optometry (ACBO) and Vision One Eyecare recommends a complete eye examination at the age of 3 and then again prior to starting school, as well as regular check-ups every two years. This provides maximum preventative care and early correction, giving your child the best possible chance of learning.
Common Signs Of Children With Vision Problems
If your child avoids reading, experiences discomfort and fatigue when attempting to complete schoolwork, rubs their eyes, sees double, experiences frequent headaches or otherwise struggles to keep up in class, contact Vision One Eyecare to determine whether their eyesight may be the problem.
The commons signs parents and teachers can watch for:
- Eyes blink frequently
- Eyes frequently red
- Eyes water
- Eyes very sensitive to light
- Rubs eyes frequently
- Complains of headaches
- Complains of blurred or double vision
- Complains of eyes burning or itching
- One eye turns in or out
- Has difficulty with concentration
- Squints while the child is watching television
- Holds a book very close to read it
- Loses place while reading
- Reversal of letters or numbers (beyond age 7)
- Positions head strangely when reading
- Leaves out or confuses words when reading
- Slow in learning to read
- Covers or closes one eye when reading
- Tilts head noticeably when looking at things
- Poor sporting ability
- Sits too close to the television
- Clumsy, bumps into things or trips over regularly
- Difficulty seeing the board at school
If you’re part of a local school or kindergarten and would like to arrange a vision screening, please contact your local Vision One Eyecare practice to co-ordinate a convenient time.
Why should children have a Eye screening?
Children see the world the way they have always seen it. Therefore to them, that is normal. While they may not be able to see very well, they wouldn’t think to complain about it as they assume everyone else sees the way they do. It is therefore vital that we check their vision and ensure it allows them to reach their maximum potential in their journey of learning and sporting pursuits.
The vision screening assesses:
Our screening process aims to identify the following
- Distance vision acuity –how well does the child see in the distance.
- Refractive Error – is your child long-sighted or short-sighted or have astigmatism.
- Focus ability – is the child able to focus well and with sustained tasks and are they able to change focus from far distance to near tasks easily.
- Eye co-ordination – are the 2 eyes able to work well together and point together easily at the same object in space.
- Eye movement control – can the child moves their eyes smoothly (pursuit eye movements such as those used to catch a ball), and can they accurately control their jumping eye movements (saccadic eye movements such as those used when reading).
- Colour vision – this is useful information to have in a classroom, especially if a child has difficulty distinguishing some colours.
- Depth perception – this skill is used to judge depth accurately and develops well if there is accurate eye movements, focusing and eye co-ordination.
What happens after the screening?
- A report will be organised for each child participating in the screening with an explanation of findings.
- If you suspect a child has a vision problem they should be seen for a comprehensive vision test at our practice. The vision screening is to evaluate which children may need further testing. Full diagnosis of a visual condition is not possible without comprehensive assessment.