Children's Eye Health

1 in 4 children has an undetected vision problem!

Vision problems have a profound effect on a child’s development including schooling and day to day activities.

You can’t hit the ball if you can’t see it!

Most children will accept vision problems and adapt to their poor vision. They rarely complain as they believe everyone sees the world like they do.
All children should have a full eye examination before starting school and regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school.

  • Poor clarity or an imbalance in the coordination of the eyes can impact a child’s development
  • More than 411,000 children in Australia have a long-term eye disorder. Most of these are long- and short-sightedness

Signs of vision problems can be subtle. The following may indicate a possible problem with a child’s vision.

  • Red or watery eyes
  • One eye turns in or out


  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Eyes burning or itching


  • Covers one eye
  • Squints
  • Tilts the head
  • Holds a book close to read
  • Difficulty with or avoiding reading or learning
  • Rubs eyes
  • Confuses colours
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Frequent blinking

Eye Care Practitioner

A full eye test with an optometrist will take approximately 30 minutes. It attracts a Medicare rebate and does not require a referral.

When visiting your eye care practitioner please be able to answer the following questions:

  • Is there a history of eye conditions in the family? (including lazy eyes or squints and short- or long-sightedness).
  • Have you noticed anything unusual about your child’s eyes or behaviour? (e.g. rubs eyes when watching TV or reads with book very close.
  • Has your child reached expected development goals and milestones such as walking and talking?