23.04.2012

Eye tests "particularly important" for children

Eye tests "particularly important" for children

By Alexa Kaczka

Although eye tests are important at any age, this is particularly true when people are in the early stages of their life and their vision is still developing.

This was recently highlighted by the health section of the Pakistan Observer, which noted that eyesight is closely linked to things such as reading ability and educational development.

It is therefore key that vision tests are regularly carried out when children are in the early stages of development, as eye experts can help to detect any signs of conditions such as amblyopia, where the eyes have very different strengths.

"Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don't know what 'normal' vision looks like. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause," the source added.

Vision expert Noel Meehan recently called on parents to book an eye test if they have even the slightest suspicion that their child has vision problems, preferably before the youngster reaches eight years old.

by Martin Burns


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