Eye problems in children… They’re more common than you think!

Eye problems in children… They’re more common than you think!

As parents we’re constantly concerned about our children’s health. Eye health
is very important for your child’s development as 1 in 6 Australian children experience eye issues. You may not know but disruptive behaviour in children can be a symptom of eye problems!

Eye health issues frequently experienced by school-aged children include shortsightedness where distance vision is blurred, longsightedness where they experience difficulty in focusing up close, astigmatism, a distortion of vision and colour blindness. Early detection is key and it’s best to treat these conditions as soon as possible.

Shortsightedness (Myopia)

If you notice your child having diffculty focusing on objects in the distance, like reading the whiteboard at school, they may have shortsightedness.

Longsightedness (Hyperopia)

If your child’s vision is good, but closer objects appear blurred they may have long-sightedness. Other symptoms include aching eyes and headaches, especially after reading or using digital devices.

Irregular shaped eye (Astigmatism)

This is very common and not considered a disease. If the curve in your child’s eye is irregular, it may result in blurred vision known as astigmatism.

Colour blindness

If your child is having difficulty distinguishing between colours or making mistakes when identifying them they may be colour blind. Family history can also play a role in this condition. If you suspect your child may be colour blind, take them to see an optometrist for an official diagnosis.

There are a few signs your child may be experiencing eye problems, which require a visit to your optometrist. National Pharmacies Optical has trained optometrists in-store who can perform eye tests and fit prescription lenses and glasses. Please book an appointment today if you are concerned.

Look out for

  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Holding a book very close to read
  • Squinting or sitting very close to the television
  • Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision
  • One eye turning in while the other appears normal
  • Poor sports-eye coordination.

To keep your child’s eyes healthy…

  • Have regular eye tests
  • Wear protective eyewear during sports
  • Purchase prescription glasses as required
  • Protect their eyes from UV damage with a quality pair of sunglasses
  • Limit time spent using digital devices
  • Eat the rainbow – the more colour on their plate, the better
  • Encourage outdoor play.


Author: Nicole Pope


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