The Importance of children’s Eye Checks.

Early detection of eye problems in children is very important.  Visual problems can affect their abilities in school work, social development and sport.

Here are a few facts:

80% of children’s learning is visual.

5-10% of all pre-school children have problems with their eyes or their vision.

25% of all children of school going age have vision problems.

All primary schools carry out vision screening (this is not a full eye examination). It is possible for a child to pass the current school vision screening and still have eye problems.

By the time your child starts school they are using their eyes in a very concentrated way, and skills such as seeing, focusing, tracking, perception and hand eye coordination form a major part of their learning process.  Any problems with these skills will interfere with their ability to develop their learning skills.

So as a parent what should you look out for?

If your child complains of not being able to see the whiteboard/tv/ball; has an eye turning in or out; is holding things very close to the face or gets frequent headaches it is advisable to book a full eye examination with your optician.

However you should also look out for eye rubbing/blinking; reduced attention span: avoidance of reading; tilting the head to one side; covering one eye when carrying out activities; complaining of double vision; repeatedly loosing place when reading.

It is important to remember that there may not be a problem but if there is the earlier it is detected the better.

Book now online or call 021 4277655 to have your child’s eyes tested, it’s a fun experience for them!