Caring for young eyes
In their early years, vision helps them to find out about the world around them, about their home, and about you. Later, as they go through school, their vision helps them to learn and discover – in fact, about 80% of what is taught in schools is presented visually. So making sure they’re seeing clearly is incredibly important for their overall development.
Most very young children have their vision assessed as part of their routine developmental checks. While these are very important, they aren’t as thorough as a complete eye exam by a qualified optometrist. They might recommend that your child have their first eye exam when they're around six months old.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates that one out of every four children has eye-related problems or conditions. If untreated, these could lead to serious effects on their development, performance, health, and learning.
A visit to the optometrist before your child goes into full-time education means that any potential issues are identified early, setting them up for a happy and fulfilling school life.
Poor vision can lead to learning and behavioural problems, which might be blamed on other things. This is especially true for young children, who might not be aware of any difficulties they’re having or find it hard to explain.
Conditions such as squint and amblyopia (lazy eye) respond much better to treatment if they’re picked up earlier, especially before the age of five. And can make a big difference to your child.