Children’s Vision

Children with uncorrected vision problems may face challenges in academic, social, and athletic development. Given that over 80% of learning is visual, any issues with the visual system can significantly impact learning outcomes. Don’t let your child’s vision hinder their progress.

While school screening tests typically assess distance vision to ensure students can see the blackboard, they may not detect more subtle visual problems that can affect reading and overall learning. It’s essential to address these issues proactively to support your child’s academic success and overall well-being.

Signs that you child may have a vision problem:

Is your child showing signs of a potential vision problem? Look out for these indicators:

  • Sitting close to the TV or holding books very close
  • Avoiding reading or homework
  • Complaints of headaches or tired eyes
  • Losing their place while reading
  • Squinting to see objects
  • Rubbing their eyes frequently
  • Consistent head tilt or closing one eye to see better

If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to schedule an eye examination for your child. Early detection and intervention can prevent potential learning and developmental challenges.

IRLEN SYNDROME

 

Are you or your child experiencing headaches or migraines while reading? You may be dealing with Irlen syndrome, a common condition that affects both children and adults.

Irlen syndrome, also known as visual stress, occurs when reading printed text becomes challenging due to words appearing to move or blur. This difficulty in concentration can lead to fatigue and slower reading speeds, impacting academic performance. Surprisingly, standard eye tests often show normal vision in individuals with Irlen syndrome.

At our clinic, we offer computerized testing to diagnose Irlen syndrome accurately. Once identified, we can prescribe specialized colored lenses, known as tech tints, to filter out visual disturbances. These lenses are custom-made for us in Christchurch, providing significant relief to those affected by Irlen syndrome. Don’t let visual stress hold you back from enjoying reading—schedule an appointment with us today to explore your options.