Children's Eye Exam
Unlock your child’s potential
Did you know 1 in 4 school-aged children have undiagnosed vision problems as many children’s vision problems don’t have obvious signs and symptoms. These generally aren’t detected in school vision screenings. Children often can’t tell their parents they have a problem with their eyes, because they don’t know what ‘normal’ eyesight is. So don't leave it till it's too late. If it’s been more than 1 year since their last eye test, we recommend you to contact us to make an appointment.
At Balmain Vision, we understand the importance of regular eye examination for children in order to catch early concerns and to give your child the best opportunity at preventing any undiagnosed eye condition from worsening. Hence we do bulk bill eye tests for children under the age of 17 years old.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms that you should look out for in your child.
Does your child squint?
Does your child sit close to the TV?
Do they tilt their head when focusing?
Does your child have poor hand-eye coordination?
Does your child struggle with concentration or reading?
Does your child lean over their desk while doing homework?
Does your child have an eye turn or a history of eye turn surgery?
Is your child’s myopia progressing year after year? See more for myopia management
At what age can my child have an eye test?
We can start testing your child for their first eye exam between the 6 to 9 month mark. Your child won’t be able to give any verbal cues but we can use objective techniques to determine how their eyes are tracking and focusing and make sure their eyes are also healthy.
How often should my child have an eye test?
Infants & Toddlers (Birth to 2 years 11 months)
They should have one during this timeframe to determine how their eyes are tracking and focusing and make sure their eyes are also healthy.
Pre-School and early primary school aged children (3 years to 6 years 11 months)
During pre-school, your child should have their eyes examined at least once.
Older primary school aged children (7 – 18 years)
School-aged kids should have their eyes examined once a year to make sure there is no underlying visual dysfunction and if they need any correction in their prescription. Even if your child does not wear glasses and doesn’t have any issues with their eyesight, it is still important that they still have regular annual eye exams in case anything changes and to ensure their eye health is healthy.
If it’s been more than 1 year since their last eye test, it is recommended you book their annual eye exam with your optometrist soon.