Spotting vision problems in children

Eye disorders are among the most common long-term health issues experienced by Australian children. But how can you tell that something might be wrong?

Without clear vision, children can develop learning difficulties or social and behavioural problems, which may cause them to fall behind in school or appear anxious or distracted in busy environments – just imagine being a child in a busy shopping centre with crowds of people and everything looking blurry.

Some statistics show that approximately one in every five primary school-aged children in Australia have undetected vision problems. It can be hard for a child to even realise there is an issue, particularly if that's all they've ever known! So if they develop or already have eyesight issues, they're more likely to try to adapt to seeing in their own way.

Signs your child may be experiencing vision problems

It's worth organising a comprehensive eye check if your child:

Tips for maintaining your child's eye health

Even if your child isn't displaying any of these symptoms or you have had your child’s eyes tested already, there are steps you can take to help avoid future vision problems and to ensure your child maintains good eye health.

The RANZCO Eye foundation recommends that children should have a full eye examination with an eye health professional or optometrist at birth, during infancy and regular follow up examinations through school, or at any time if you're concerned that there might be a problem with your child’s vision.

Once an optometrist has examined your child’s eyes, they'll recommend how often they will need to see your child.