The critical period of vision development is from birth to 9 years old. Since 80% of learning and perception comes from what we see, it is vital to detect any problems with a child’s eyes at early stage to ensure smooth learning and development of good eyesight.
When should my child have their eyes tested?
Ideally speaking a formal eye test can be performed on a child at 3 years of age, and practically all children should have their eyes test before entering primary school. After that, we recommended a review every year to make sure everything goes well with their eyesight.
What happens during a Children’s eye test?
Besides the assessment on your child’s vision, and eye health. Optometrists will assess your child’s eye muscle movement and coordinations, making sure the eyes are working well as a team. They will also perform color vision testing, 3D(Stereopsis) vision and depth perception testing to ensure development of efficient and good visual skills.
Signs that my child may need an eye test include:
- Holding books too close or too far to read
- Difficulty seeing things in the distant e.g. classroom board
- Headache or sore eyes when reading
- Excessive eye rubbing
- Unusual head turn or covering an eye when watching TV or reading
- Frequent motion sickness when traveling on cars
- Any unusual symptoms or concerns