Normal vision development and good vision are closely linked to the learning process, and to developing coordination and motor skills.
That’s the reason why regular eye examinations are therefore so important, even for young children in good overall health, says Inge Loubser, an optometrist at Mellins i-Style.
Children with no obvious visual impairments should have their eyes first tested by an optometrist between the ages of 24 and 42 months. This should be followed by a second appointment before they start school. Regular examinations should then be done every two years to ensure that any initial warning signals of deterioration in their vision are detected at an early stage.
Premature babies and children whose parents or siblings have a history of squinting or highly impaired vision should be examined as early as the age of six months and then regularly thereafter.
“Children with no obvious visual impairments should have their eyes first tested by an optometrist between the ages of 24 and 42 months.”
7 signs your toddler needs an eye examination:
- Regularly holding their head at an angle
- Squinting their eyes
- Avoidance of light or failure to respond to light
- Obsessive rubbing of the eyes with fingers and grimacing
- Turning of the eyes without focusing on anything
- Grasping for objects and missing them
- Strabismus, more commonly known as cross-eyes, is when the eyes are turned or when the eyes have different prescriptions. A lazy eye can develop from this if the child favours the eye that provides clear images and neglects the other, meaning the neglected eye fails to develop its visual acuity.
For more tips and advice on healthy vision, visit Mellins i-Style.
*Mellins i-Style makes use of the Zeiss i.Profiler to measure the 2 500 points of the eye, ensuring precision vision for your child. For more tips and advice on healthy vision, visit www.mellins.co.za