Hints for reading

  • Make sure their eyes are no closer than 40cm to their work
  • Read in a room with good and even lighting
  • Encourage regular breaks

Hints on avoiding UV damage

  • The sun’s effects are strongest between 10am and 3pm – use sensible sun protection measures between those times to reduce UV exposure
  • Sunglasses and Transitions® lenses (lenses that automatically adjust to changing light conditions) will reduce the amount of UV reaching a child’s eyes
  • A broad-brimmed hat will dramatically reduce the amount of UV reaching your child’s eyes.

Hints on Computer Use

  • Encourage regular breaks
  • Have even room lighting
  • Minimise reflections from the monitor
  • The top of the monitor should be approximately at eye level
  • Limit computer sessions to less than two hours
  • For video games, encourage children to sit as far back as the leads allow

Watching TV

  • Avoid watching television in a completely dark room
  • Reduce glare or reflection from lights or windows
  • Have the television set approximately at or slightly below eye level

When should my child’s eyes be tested?

  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Frequently rubbing the eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tilting head noticeably
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Holding a book very close to read
  • Leaving out or confusing words when reading
  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
  • Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision

Children's eye test

Signs that could indicate a possible vision problem

Has your child had an eye examination recently? Did you know that, along with allergies and asthma, eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems experienced by children?

While not every child dreams of becoming an astronaut, good vision is essential to realise many of life’s ambitions. Good vision is important for your child’s educational, physical and social development. There are also other eye problems and diseases that have no obvious symptoms. Remember vision is a precious sense. Children need to have regular eye examinations.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask our Eye Care Experts!