Leading authorities recommend that children have regular eye examinations through early childhood and before they start school. We know that one in four primary school aged children will have a vision problem but fewer than 10% of our children have an eye examination in a given year. *
This means that every year there are several children in each school who are missing out on having the best chance of learning through clear and comfortable eyes. Make sure your child isn't one of them!
The tricky part of all this is, the children themselves don't know that they're having an eye problem. Blurry vision or sore eyes may be quite normal for them so why would they think it isn't the norm for everyone else?
It is important that parents and teachers are able to spot the signs of vision problems in children. Children should have a thorough vision examination whenever these symptoms show up or whenever there is a question about why the child isn't reaching their full potential at school.
*Vision screening outcomes of Grade 3 children in Australia: Differences in academic achievement. Sonia L.J.White, Joanne M.Wood, Alexander A.Black, Shelley Hopkins. International Journal of Educational Research, Volume 83, 2017, Pages 154-159
References: Tips for Keeping Children’s Eyes Healthy – Prof Frank Martin, The Royal Australasian College of Ophthalmologists. https://ranzco.edu/media-and-advocacy/blog/tips-for-keeping-children-s-eyes-healthy
The American Academy of Ophthalmology - https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/children-eye-screening