The following was written by Bill Evans and published in the Coolum and North Shore News, Ask the Professionals page on Friday, 24th September 2010.
Q: Why is it important to have my child’s vision tested?
A: Children will often assume that how they see is normal, when in fact they may have trouble with their vision. Parents can learn to recognise the signs of a vision problem and help their children to look after their eyes. Along with allergies and asthma, eye disorders are the most common long term health problems experienced by children. One in every 10 Australian children suffers from a long-term eye disorder. Good vision is important for your child’s educational, physical and social development and to help them reach their full learning potential. Through regular eye examinations and by following some simple guidelines you can help your child to achieve the best possible vision and prevent conditions that can lead to permanent vision impairment.