We have the beautiful Kylie Zahner as our expert blogger today, talking to us about eye health in our kiddies. Thanks so much Kylie
Eyesight is one of our most precious senses.
Vision plays such an important role in our development and our learning. Here are some points about our developing vision:
- It is recommended that we all have our eyes assessed from the age of 2. Optometrists use shapes and methods of testing that are not invasive and do not rely on children’s responses.
- Vision potential (visual acuity) stops developing by the age of 7.
- Visual ability continues to develop until we are around 10 years old.
- It is important that all children have their eyes assessed to ensure that the vision in each eye is equal and that the eyes are not turned. The eyes also need to be assessed to ensure that vision is clear and effortless at distance and near.
- It may surprise you to know that recent studies have shown that one quarter of Australian children have some form of vision problem that requires attention or ongoing assessment and a significant number of these are going undetected.
- Over 5% of males have colour deficiencies. This means, that although they may call a colour by its correct name, they may not see what we see and therefore this may affect there learning and career choice.
- The purpose of an eye examination with an Optometrist is to detect the presence of conditions that can block the normal development of our eyes. The examination will assess the level of vision in each eye both in the distance and up close, colour vision, 3D vision, the eyes optical powers, eye co-ordination and look for signs of other eye problems by looking at eye health.
- All of us are born long sighted. This is because the lens inside our eye is adult size at birth and yet the rest of the eye is not yet fully grown.
- Children can cope well in the early years with poor sight. They know no different and will not say “I can’t see” as they do not know what they are expected to see.
- It is our responsibility as parents to get our children’s eyes tested to ensure that they are seeing well enough to develop and learn properly. Sometimes it is when we are older and our visual demands are higher that we first notice that we are not seeing well and by then it can be too late for us to help improve vision.
- May eye diseases and general health issues will also be detected in regular eye tests. Retinal photos should be taken of each eye as a reference and baseline for what our normal is as we age. Often recommendations are made to see your GP or an Ophthalmologist if there is any signs or disease. This often comes without symptoms.
- Routine eye tests are painless and simple and most find the whole experience fun!
- These tips are from Kylie Zahner – local Kenmore Plaza Optometrist – who has a passion for testing children and has devoted many of her 20 years in practice in our local area to doing vision screenings in our schools. It is through this and other ventures that she hopes to build awareness of the importance of good vision and regular eye tests
The Joy Girls xxx