Children

Children Test

One in four children between the ages of 5 and 12 suffer from an undiagnosed vision problem that affects their educational/behavioural performance. This is just one of the reasons why regular eye exams are so important for children. To book an appointment for your child, talk to our kids’ optometrist in Kempsey.

Ideally, all children should have their eyes examined before they are 3 years old, and again before starting school. However, there is no age requirement for when your children can have their eyes tested. If you have concerns about your baby’s eyesight, Masons Eyecare will happily help you.

Most children don’t know the difference between good and bad vision. They simply assume everyone sees the way they do. To identify a vision problem in your child, look for the following behaviours:

  • Holds books close while reading
  • Squints or blinks often
  • Closes one eye to focus
  • Avoids close, near-vision activities like colouring, playing board games, or doing schoolwork
  • Uses his/her finger as a bookmark while reading
  • Is not able to distinguish certain colours (red from green, for example)
  • Looks cross-eyed, his/her eyes turn out, or his/her eyes don’t seem to work in unison
  • Complains of sore/tired eyes
  • Tilts his/her head to see better (while looking at a picture or the television, for example).

To achieve optimal results for your child, early intervention is key. The most effective way to treat vision problems in children is to detect them while the child is still growing, and their visual system is still developing.

For more information or to make an appointment with our kids’ optometrist in Kempsey, contact Masons Eyecare today.