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Infants and Children

During the first 12 years of our lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through our vision. Yet, one out of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. If you maintain a regular routine of eye examinations, however, you can minimise the chance of an eye or sight defect being carried into adulthood

Looking after young eyes
Good vision is vital to a child’s  well being, learning and development. Here are some signs  to look out for.

Signs of a Problem

  • Sitting too close to the TV

  • Holding items too close to their face

  • Losing track while reading

  • Frequent blinking and eye-rubbing

  • Squinting, head-tilting or closing one eye when trying to focus

  • One eye turning in or out

  • A sudden downturn in performance at school

  • Reluctance to join in physical activity

Steps to protect young eyes
There are some important steps you can take to help look after your child’s eyes:

Look after their well-being: Just as for adults, a balanced diet and regular exercise are essential for maintaining healthy eyes and good vision.

Monitor their sight: Unlike most adults, children need eye tests at least every year – especially during school age when their vision can change frequently. Read more about regular eye tests.

Keep their sight corrected: If your children wear glasses, make sure they wear them at all times. Especially at school, so that they can see what’s happening in class, and join in physical activity.

Mind the sun: Children spend a lot of time playing outdoors, so their eyes are susceptible to UV damage. Make sure they wear sunglasses with a high E-SPF when out in the sun.

Limit screen time: Kids love playing on computers and tablets. This exposes their eyes to blue light, so keep sessions to no more than 45 minutes. Encourage the 20-20-20 rule to help prevent eyestrain: take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at objects 20 feet away.