Did you know?
– 25% of kids have a vision problem that will impact their engagement in school and sport.
– 80% of classroom learning comes directly through vision
– eye exams are important to monitor visual development–early detection is important
When should kids have their eyes tested?
– 6 months of age
– 3 years of age
– yearly after age 3
Is your child having problems engaging in school?
Around 25% of school-aged children suffer from a vision problem that has a direct impact on their learning.
Behavioural Optometry is more than just testing to see how well you can read the letters of a chart. It can have a profound impact on your child’s life by:
- Giving them the confidence to engage in the classroom.
- Allowing them to participate in sports.
- Developing their visual skills to perform tasks such as reading and consequently do their homework without putting up a fight.
How Can Behavioural Optometry Improve Your Child’s Vision?
As parents, we don’t always know when to see an optometrist. We generally don’t notice an issue until we hear about it from our kid’s teacher. So, who do we see if their teacher tells us one day to “get your child’s eyes checked”?
A qualified children’s and behavioural optometrist will perform a far more thorough eye test than your average optometrist. Behavioural optometry analyses your child’s vision in relation to their daily visual demands such as reading, computers, playing outdoor or indoor games etc.
Whereas a simple eye test really only looks at how well you can see letters on a chart.
At Carlingford Optometrist our behavioural optometrist is an expert and trained to detect the actual reasons behind the child’s vision problems and treat them accordingly. This process not only involves measuring your child’s eyes on a distance chart, it also includes:
- A check of the capacity for focus and eye function during reading and writing.
- An assessment of distance focus, particularly if symptoms of blurred vision are seen. This could be an indication of short-sightedness (myopia) as a result of too much time in front of the computer.
- Treatment of lazy eye (amblyopia), turned eye (strabismus) and vision therapy
- Review of visual issues related to head injuries.
Cameron McCrodan explains the many aspects of sight that are overlooked – and the impact it can have on our quality of life.
Is Behavioural Optometry Covered By Medicare?
Consultations with our behavioural optometrists are partially covered by Medicare. If you are not after that kind of service, our other optometrists offer bulk billing.
When you call to book an eye examination, our friendly staff will be able to advise you of any associated fees and charges that will not be covered by Medicare.