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Signs your child has a vision problem

Posted on 20 April 2018
Signs your child has a vision problem

Did you know eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems for children, along with allergies and asthma? Good vision is important for a child's educational, physical and social development. With many children suffering from an undetected vision problem, it's important to be aware of the signs to give every child the best chance of reaching their full potential.


Children who are struggling with undetected vision problems often fail to progress well in school. You can use the following checklist to look for the common symptoms that children with vision problems exhibit.

  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Holding a book very close to read
  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision.

If your child displays any of these symptoms, we suggest that you visit or contact your local OPSM Optometrist as soon as you can.

50% of parents are unaware that disruptive behaviour can be a symptom of eye problems^


In a bid to raise awareness of children's eye health and improve the vision of children across Australia, OPSM has released Penny the Pirate, the world's first children's book and app that allows you to screen your child's vision.

Penny the Pirate has turned eye screenings into a fun, interactive, illustrated book which is designed for children aged between 3-10 years old. Written into the story are three eye screenings, for distance vision, colour vision and depth perception.

^A Lonergan study conducted in April 2014 of 1,006 Australian parents with children aged between 3-10 years.

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