Vision is so important for learning as it is the main sense that is utilised at school. Many subtle visual issues can be overlooked when your child is assessed at a school screening or undertaking a routine eye exam, as your child may have "20/20" vision but be seriously straining their eyes and concentrating extremely hard to achieve that. If you have any concerns with your child's learning or school performance, then please make sure that you gain an understanding of how your child's eyes are:
Most children with learning difficulties do not present with a 'refractive error', meaning that they are not significantly long-sighted (hyperopic), short-sighted (myopic), or have astigmatism. Instead, they tend to have minimal refractive error, but significant issues with how they use their eyes.
Is your child struggling at school?
Has the teacher mentioned that your child may need an eye exam?
Did your child pass the StEPS screening program but is complaining about their eyes?
Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for that may indicate that your child has an vision issue and will benefit from a comprehensive eye exam to explore whether glasses or vision therapy may be helpful.
Signs and symptoms to watch out for that relate to how the eyes team together:
Words moving on the page
Covering or closing one eye to read
These signs and symptoms may be due to your child having trouble with their focusing:
Signs and symptoms that may indicate issues with your child's eye tracking:
Signs and symptoms that your child may have issues with their visual processing ability:
Responds orally but not in writing
Has good verbal comprehension but poor reading comprehension
Seems to know material but does poorly on written material
Trouble learning left and right
Reverses letters and numbers
Has untidy handwriting
Frequently erases their written work
Has poor organisation on a page
Writes neatly but slowly
Has trouble learning basic maths
Mistakens words with similar beginnings
Has poor recall of visual material
Difficulty following a set of instructions
Has trouble learning letter-sound correspondence
Has poor word attack skills
Signs and symptoms that your child may have issues with their motor ability:
I also understand that finding eyewear for young children can be difficult, and have invested in a range of lightweight, soft, comfortable, easy-to-maintain and affordable eyewear for little ones called the Jelly Series, exclusively available at Carina Eye Care.
They are suitable for children from age 2 to 11. The smaller sized frames come with a complimentary strap that can be swapped into for situations when the glasses need to be extra secure.
Contact Dr Carina Trinh by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, sending a text to or calling 0423 590 959.
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Please make sure that you book an appointment if you plan to visit Carina Eye Care at 40 Neich Parade, Burwood NSW 2134.