Children's eye testing

Maintaining clear vision is vital for children to navigate and interpret the world around them, whether it's playing sports or excelling in academics. Regular eye tests for children are crucial in detecting and addressing potential visual issues early on. At Theia Optical, we offer comprehensive children's eye tests in Five Dock and the surrounding areas of Concord, Drummoyne, Abbotsord, Russell Lea, Chiswick  and Burwood

Why are eye tests important for children?

Children's eyes are continuously developing, and early detection of visual disorders is essential. Uncorrected refractive errors, poor eye alignment, focusing difficulties, depth perception issues, colour vision defects, and eye health problems can all be identified during a comprehensive eye tests for kids.

Uncorrected refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism can affect a child's ability to see clearly, impacting their learning and reading abilities. Without timely intervention, these conditions can lead to the development of amblyopia, commonly known as a "lazy" eye. Children's eye tests play a vital role in identifying vision issues early, enabling prompt treatment such as eye patching to prevent long-term visual impairment.

Misalignment of the eyes (phorias) and difficulties with focusing (accommodation) can lead to double vision, eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision. This may also impact their ability to perceive depth (stereopsis), which is essential in everyday activities such as catching a ball or walking down the stairs.

Inherited colour vision deficiencies are relatively common, affecting 8% of males and 0.5% of females in the population1. This may make it challenging to differentiate colours and can influence their ability to interpret maps or graphs. While there is no cure for colour vision deficiencies, eye tests for kids help by bringing awareness to their condition and enable them to make necessary adaptations.

Children's eye tests can help identify common ocular health problems like eye infections or allergies, which can significantly impact your child's comfort and quality of life. Symptoms may include excessive blinking, tearing, or rubbing their eyes. Our optometrists will thoroughly examine your child's eyes for any signs of underlying issues and can provide prompt treatment, such as therapeutic eye drops. This will prevent further complications and ensure your child's eyes remain healthy in the long run.

Don't overlook your child's vision. Book an eye test for kids with us today to give your child the gift of clear, healthy eyesight for a bright and successful future.

1 Better Health Channel. Colour vision deficiency (colour blindness) [Internet]. Melbourne: Department of Health, State Government of Victoria; [updated 2019 Sep 24; cited 2023 Apr 23]

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I schedule my child's first eye test?

We suggest scheduling your child's first eye test between the ages of 3 and 4, before they start school. Annual kids eye tests thereafter are also recommended. However, if your child shows any signs or symptoms of vision problems before this age, it is important to have their eyes tested promptly.

What are the signs that indicate my child may need an eye test?

Signs include frequent eye rubbing, squinting, holding objects too closely or far away, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, and complaints of headaches or blurred vision. Schedule an eye test if you notice these signs or have concerns about your child's vision. Our experienced optometrists are here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

How can you test children’s eyes if they are too young to reply? 

Even if a child is too young or shy to provide verbal responses, we can use objective methods such as retinoscopy. This involves shining a light into their eyes to measure refractive status to provide important information about their vision. 

Will my child’s eyes become dependent on glasses if they wear them?

No, wearing glasses does not make a child's eyes dependent on them. Glasses are prescribed to provide clear vision and correct refractive errors. They do not weaken or alter the natural structure of the eyes. In fact, not wearing glasses when needed can lead to strain and discomfort for the eyes, which can negatively impact vision.

It's worth mentioning that some children may experience changes in their prescription over time, especially during periods of growth. Regular eye exams for children are essential to monitor any changes and ensure that the prescription remains accurate for their vision needs.