If a child has poor eyesight it can have a serious impact on his or her development and education.
That’s why it is so important to have your child examined by an optometrist by the age of 3.
If your optometrist has any concerns they will refer your child to an ophthalmologist.
Our ophthalmologists are experienced in paediatric medicine and treat children of all ages, from babies’ right through to adolescents.
You can relax knowing your child is getting the best care.
We have special testing procedures to suit each age group to ensure your child is comfortable and at ease throughout the examination.
What you need to know about your child’s eyesight:
6-8 weeks: At this stage, your child should be fixing on your face and following you with normal eye movements. If the eyes are turned or crossed you should contact your GP about a referral to an ophthalmologist.
Up to age 3: The same principles apply up to the age of 3. Lazy eye (Amblyopia) is a condition that can only be treated in childhood so it’s important to see your GP or optometrist if you are concerned.
Pre-school: At this age, there are a few obvious signs of poor vision, so it is important to get your child checked for lazy eye which occurs in 2 percent of children, as well as other causes of poor eyesight. Early treatment is vital because it is often impossible to improve a child’s vision when they are older.
6 years: If your child starts to complain about having difficulty seeing the board at school or the television, she or he may need glasses. It is best to book an eye examination with your optometrist as soon as you can to prevent your child’s eyesight from deteriorating.
All Ages: If your child develops painful or itchy eyes, red irritable eye or a water or mucus discharge from the eyes, it is likely to be because of an infection or inflammation. See your GP or optometrist immediately.