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Common Vision Problems

Early detection is the key

The most common vision problems experienced by school-aged children are those affecting the ability to see clearly and sharply. They include: shortsightedness (blurred distance vision); longsightedness (difficulty focusing up close); and, astigmatism (distortion of vision). Once recognised, these problems are usually easy to correct. Other vision problems may be more difficult to detect, such as a turned or lazy eye, and require treatment by an optometrist – it’s always best if these conditions are detected early.

Common Vision Problems

If your child can see close objects clearly but has trouble focusing on objects in the distance, like reading the board at school, they may be short sighted or have myopia. They may find it difficult to read signs, watch television or recognise their friends until they’re close up.
Your child’s distance vision is good, but they have trouble with closer objects, which appear blurred. Other symptoms include aching eyes – even headaches - especially after reading or playing video games. If your child has trouble seeing characters on a tablet or hand-held device, it may also be a sign of hyperopia or long sight.
This is very common and is not a disease, as most people don’t have a perfectly shaped cornea. If the curve in your child’s eye is irregular, then their vision may be blurred. This is known as astigmatism.