80% of a child's learning comes through what they see, making vision absolutely vital to their development. It's very important to detect any problems with a child's eyes at an early stage to ensure smooth learning and comfortable, clear vision.
Quite often, children may not realise they're having vision problems. Every child should have their eyes tested before they start primary school and then around once a year for any subtle issues that may cause problems with their vision.
There can be many signs that a child may be suffering from vision problems. These may include:
Children’s vision can be tested at any age, but ideally a formal eye test should be conducted at around three years of age, and then every twelve months while they are at school.
It is also critical that they do a school readiness test before they are about to start primary school to ensure there are no eye issues to hinder their learning. After that, we recommend a recheck for your child’s vision every year if everything is going well.
During an eye test, one of our experienced optometrists may assess: