See life through a childs eyes
Approximately 1 in 4 children have an undetected vision disorder. More than 80 per cent of the information children recieve about the world comes through the eyes. Unfortunately, poor vision can effect a child's development in many ways, including their ability to learn, their coordination, and personality.
Sharp comfortable vision is paramount for providing the best educational opportunities for children. Unfortunately, most children are not aware of what normal vision looks like and so do not report any difficulties in their sight until much later after when they first begun. The earlier that vision difficulties are detected in children however, the better the potential outcomes of treament will be. It is highly recommended that all children should have an eye examination every two years, typically beginning from 3 years of age, or 6 months if parents note abnormalties in their childs eyes. Approximately 1 in 4 Australian children have undiagnosed vision disorders which may effect their ability in the classroom. Vision disorders may effect your childs ability to read a board at school, read books, write, use a computer, and other classroom activities.
Only a thorough eye examination may detect whether a refractive condition is causing symptoms of blur, eye discomfort or headache. At this practice, childrens eye examinations are conducted with a friendy and caring approach. Dean is renowned for his patience and courtesy when examining children, and having two young daughters of his own he is very approachable and understanding.
COMMON SIGHT PROBLEMS
MYOPIA is a common refractive condition also known as 'short-sightedness'. Typically in myopia the overall length of the eyeball is too long for accurate focussing of the incoming light rays. The light rays can be moved back toward the retina to give perfect focus using spectacle lenses or contact lenses or by laser surgery. To learn more CLICK HERE.
HYPEROPIA is a common refractive condition also known as 'long-sightedness'. Typically in hyperopia the overall length of the eyeball is too short for accurate focussing of the incoming light rays, The light rays can be move forward toward the retina to give perfect focus using spectacles lenses or contact lenses or by laser surgery. To learn more CLICK HERE.
ASTIGMATISM is a common refractive condition whereby the eyeball is 'oval shaped' in nature such that the light rays entering the eye focus at two different locations which may be in front of or behind the retina or a mixture of both. These two points of focus can be brought together and moved to focus directly on the retina by using spectacle lenses or contact lenses or by laser surgery. To learn more CLICK HERE.
THE AIM OF THIS PRACTICE WHEN ASSESSING YOUR CHILDS EYES:
- Examine the functional ability of both eyes, individually and together, and relate this to the expected abilities of children at that particular age.
- Examine the health of your childs eyes and relate this to any co-existing health conditions.
- Discuss and educate parents on the outcomes of their childs eye examination and discuss further recommendations and strategies in relation to treatment, observation and prevention.
A comprehensive childrens eye examination at this practice will assess the complete range of components of the visual system that provide clear and comfortable vision. This will include:
- vision and refraction of your child
- eye focussing strength and flexibilty
- alignment of both eyes
- colour vision assessment
- eye health including digital photography
It is common for this practice to use dilating drops on children to help facilliate the most accurate eye examination possible, and for those children that may be apprehensive of eye drops, these can often be instilled whilst sitting on the parents lap with your childs eyes closed.