An eye check should be at the top of your back-to-school list.

We want our children to have the best possible start to the new school year. So we make sure they have new uniforms, good fitting shoes, the coolest backpacks, and all the text books and stationery they need for the classroom.

But amidst the rush of back-to-school jobs, there’s one crucial element that should never be forgotten – making sure their vision is the best it can be.

Good vision is essential for a child’s success in school.

As much as 80% of their learning occurs through their eyes. Good vision allows them to focus on lessons, read clearly, and participate in classroom activities.

Vision problems are surprisingly common in children. Over a quarter of children aged between 3 and 12 have been found to have vision issues that can impact their learning and development.

The Problem of Undetected Vision Issues

Many children with vision problems go undiagnosed simply because they don’t know any better. They may not be able to articulate the difficulties they’re facing, or they may just assume that everyone sees the world the way they do. This can lead to problems, including:
• Difficulties with reading and learning: Blurry vision can make it hard to focus on words and letters, leading to reading fatigue, comprehension problems, and falling behind in class.

• Behavioral issues: Children who are struggling to see may become frustrated and withdraw from activities they find challenging. They may also develop attention problems or act out in class.

• Physical development delays: Poor vision can hinder hand-eye coordination, making it difficult for children to participate in sports and other physical activities.

The Importance of Early Detection and Intervention

The good news is that most vision problems can be easily corrected if diagnosed early.

A comprehensive eye check can detect a wide range of issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and amblyopia (lazy eye).

• Early detection leads to better outcomes: The sooner vision problems are diagnosed and treated, the better the chance of successful correction – and preventing long-term complications.

• Improved performance in the classroom: Good vision can make a significant difference in a child’s ability to learn and achieve their full potential.

• Increased confidence and self-esteem: When children can see clearly, they are more likely to participate in activities and socialise with their peers, boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

• Peace of mind for parents: Knowing that your child’s vision is healthy can give you peace of mind and means you can then focus on the rest of their back-to-school preparation.

Making Vision Checks a Priority

Scheduling an eye check for your child is quick, easy, and painless. Your optometrist offers child-friendly appointments and specialised equipment to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your child.

Don’t wait for your child to start struggling in school before taking action. Make vision care a priority this back-to-school season and give your child the gift of clear sight and a successful learning experience.

Steps you can take as a parent:

• Be aware of the signs of vision problems in children, such as squinting, frequent headaches, difficulty reading, or clumsiness.

• Schedule regular eye checkups for your child, even if they don’t have any noticeable symptoms.

• Encourage your child to wear their glasses or contact lenses if they have them.

• Limit screen time and ensure proper lighting when your child is reading or doing close-up work.

• Talk to your child’s teacher about any vision concerns you may have.

We’re passionate about helping you and your family enjoy a lifetime of healthy, clear vision. If you notice any changes in your children’s vision or simply have a question, please give us a call.