Children’s Vision

More than just glasses to see the board

Children’s vision is much more than just glasses to see the board. Children’s vision can and should be tested at any age. Fresh Vision optometrists have ways to monitor the eyes and vision of babies, even if they’re not yet talking.

The examination of children in many respects is like the examination of adults but with a few important differences. Usually your optometrist will be interested in how your child has developed, how they are going at school (if school-aged) and whether a teacher has suggested an eye examination.

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We are not born knowing how to see

Our children are not born knowing how to see. It is something their brains develop over the first 6-10 years of life.

Children don’t often complain of visual difficulties, especially if it is only in one eye. For that reason, it is very important that all children have their eyes examined.

Ideally before they start school / kindergarten, or sooner if there is a family history of eye problems at a young age.

The importance of regular eye appointments

Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is where visual development of one (or occasionally both eyes) does not occur normally. Without treatment, the sight will continue to abnormally develop and may lead to reduced vision as an adult. Successful treatment of amblyopia is more likely if it is detected early, before the visual development becomes “hard wired” in the brain (generally between the ages of 8-10). Treatment is usually by either spectacles / contact lenses, eye patching or referring for surgery.

Also, myopia, or short-sightedness, is becoming much more prevalent and there are well known risk factors for myopia development and your optometrist will spend some time looking at these.

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