Our optometrists at Woonona Eyecare love children and have a vast depth of experience from membership with The Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO) to being parents to children themselves. They understand the importance of great vision and healthy eyes in a child’s development, learning and wellbeing.

The majority of visual development occurs before age 6. If this process is interfered with due to underdetected prescriptions, eye turns or eye diseases, vision may not develop correctly. Therefore it is recommended to have your infant’s eyes tested if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Reports of difficulty seeing the board
  • Blurred or fluctuating near vision
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain – excessive soreness/tiredness 
  • Eye rubbing
  • Excessive blinking
  • Double vision
  • Eye turn/lazy eye
  • Reduced school and learning performance

Children may also develop shortsightedness during primary or high school. Early detection, even before they notice the board at school to be blurry,  and regular management can prevent serious complications. Read up about the importance of testing for shortsightedness (or myopia) here.

Should visual learning and processing be suspected as a concern, preliminary behavioural examinations can be performed and subsequent Developmental Vision Information Processing assessments and Vision Therapy advised. 

Find out more about Behavioural Optometry