Kids Vision

January 2010 An Australian school principal warns that undiagnosed vision problems can be a real set-back to children during school. According to Melbourne’s Gilson College principal Mark Vodell, who has over 25 years teaching experience, many school children can struggle at school due to undetected vision problems.

To combat this we are are urging parents to include an eye test for their children as part of the back-to-school preparations this month. Short sightedness or Myopia, which is increasingly common amongst children, is one of the key reasons why many kids find it hard to read the blackboard at school.

The telltale signs of Myopia are screwing up the eyes to see distant objects, difficulty reading the blackboard at school and sitting very close to the television.

Undiagnosed vision problems can be a real set-back to children starting school and can impact their learning and socialisation,” Mark said. “As parents start organising their children’s uniforms, textbooks and stationary for school, they must not forget about their children’s eye health. A quick and simple eye test can ensure their child’s eyes are fit and ready for the new school year.”

Squinting – If your child’s teacher says they frequently squint at the blackboard, they may be trying to compensate for their poor vision short term.

Sitting too close to the television – Short-sighted children generally have clear vision at a close range and poor vision at a distance.

Rubbing eyes and headaches – If your child rubs their eyes excessively or complains of headaches regularly, it may mean their eye muscles are fatigued from straining.

Reading problems – Children who frequently skip lines or lose their place while reading books have vision associated problems.

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