Eye care is important for kids! Your little ones should have their vision examined from a young age.
The number one reason for getting any vision issues looked at early is that they can affect learning. Not being able to see properly puts children at a disadvantage in the classroom.
Our optometrists will test kids for common visual conditions like near-sightedness, including unequal near-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism, eye movement and more. Our children’s vision clinic in the Waikato area aims to provide solutions for learning challenges caused by an unbalanced eye system. We have optometrists that specialise in behavioural optometry and regularly receive referral from teachers, Irlen screeners and SPELD assessors from around the Waikato. We offer vision therapy services for children of all learning abilities.
What is behavioural optometry?
Behavioural optometry is a term used by teachers, learning specialists and optometrists. It describes a practice of optometry that focuses on children’s eye muscles and habits, and how their vision and learning are affected by this.
How do I know if my child is having trouble seeing?
There is an array of symptoms which could indicate vision problems in your child, and they can be hard to catch on their own—so keep a close eye out for one or more of the following signs:
- Repeated rubbing of eyes
- Dislike and avoidance of close work
- Angling of head when focusing
- Shutting or covering one eye to focus
- Excessive blinking
- Holding reading material close to the face
- Using fingers to mark their place while reading
- Sitting too close to the television
- Red eyes
- Either eye turning in or out (lazy eyes)
There is financial help available in some cases. Children 15 years of age and under in a family with a Community Services Card may qualify for subsidised optometrists visits and a subsidy toward the cost of glasses.