Behavioural Optometry is more than just how clearly you can see. Vision can have a profound effect on the performance of a child’s growth in relation to education and sports. All the activities of regular life need good vision to perform best. 80% of a child’s learning is through their vision.
Some kids don’t seem to like to read and may even fight you to avoid doing their homework. Most of the time we just brush it off “oh, the kid is just hooked on T.V. or he is lazy”.
But what if there is another reason?
A poor vision or eye problem can have an impact on your child’s development at every stage of school life.
Imagine you couldn’t keep your place on a sentence, Imagine reading for a few minutes gave you headaches. Would you argue against the person asking you to do homework?
Or Imagine your eyes couldn’t simultaneously focus on small moving objects, would you avoid participating in cricket or soccer?
25% of kids have a vision problem that will impact their engagement in school and sport. If this sounds like your child, come in and have a chat with our behavioural optometrist.
How Do You Know If Your Child Needs Glasses?
Good vision can have a profound impact on your child’s quality of life, but nowadays many kids are growing up with their vision problems undetected. This can affect your child’s routine performance both in his daily life and learning in the classroom. As parents we put loads of efforts in their upbringing, that’s why every eye issue should be diagnosed early for correct care and remedy. Early detection is prudent. Being a parent it is important to have some basic knowledge about your kid’s eye care.
Some Important Symptoms To Look Out For:
Have you noticed your child straining to see things that are nearby or far away? Squinting is a natural reaction in attempting to clear a blurred vision. It’s due to the incorrect balance of the nerve signals that help to move the eye muscles. Squint problems don’t allow the eyes to work mutually in a correct manner. A child can also develop a squint defect soon after his birth. It is seen that about 8% to 10 % of children are affected by a squint defect or similar eye problems.
If you observe your child squinting, you should get his eyes tested by a child optometrist.
Frequent Rubbing of Eyes
Children who have a habit of rubbing their eyes frequently usually develop other eye problems as well. Extreme rubbing of eyes could mean that your child is experiencing some kind of strain or eye fatigue. On the other hand, it could be allergic conjunctivitis too which also leads to an uncorrected vision interfering in your kid’s ability to learn.
Headache and Eye pain
A headache on a regular basis or pain in the eyes could mean that your child is going through some eye difficulty. It could simply be due to overexertion of the eyes when she tries to enhance her focus on unclear vision.
Trouble in Reading
This is a very common symptom in kids who have a vision problem. Try getting your child to read aloud to you. Pay close attention to how they keep place on the page. Is she losing her place on each sentence? This could be a sign of astigmatism.
How Can Behavioural Optometry Improve Your Child’s Vision?
A majority of parents do not realise when to see an optometrist to improve their child’s vision. We generally don’t notice an issue until we hear about it from our kid’s teacher at school. 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 vision demands such as reading, computers, playing outdoor or indoor games etc.
Whereas eyesight really only looks at how well you can see letters on a chart.
Carlingford optometrist is an expert and trained to detect the actual reasons behind your child’s eye problems and treat them accordingly. This process involves measuring the child’s eyes on a distance chart and it includes:
- Use of a readalyzer to check the capacity for focus and eye function during reading and writing.
- Vision distance measurement, particularly if symptoms of blurred vision are seen.
- Treatment of lazy eye, turned eye and vision therapy
- Review of visual issues linked with health and neurological situations.