At birth our eyes can see, but our vision develops as we learn how to make sense of these images. Sometimes the normal development of our vision can be interrupted.
Eye disorders are among the most common long-term health problems experienced by children. Good vision is important for a childâ€™s physical and social development, and their ability to learn effectively.
Early detection allows for intervention and correction. Children may not realise they have an eye problem or tell anyone that their sight is impaired. Optometrists are best placed to assess a childâ€™s vision and diagnose a visual problem. Children are not simply miniature adults, we always consider how our management of vision problems in children will affect the normal development of their vision.
We recommend a first eye examination at around 4 years of age, sooner if you have any concerns. There is no minimum age for an eye examination.