Eye Examination for Children
Vision is an integral part of helping children grow and discover knowledge. Our visual system develops from black-and-white blurred images at the age of 0 to full vision at the age of 8, during which the eye may become amblyopic if visual function is impaired, causing irreversible damage.
A Hong Kong Polytechnic University study found that 61.5% of children aged 12 suffered from myopia, revealing that sight issues may hinder their social activities and academic development. Besides, some eye diseases, such as amblyopia, have no noticeable symptoms. As children are not conscious of the problem, the parent may not be able to diagnose it for months or years if they do not have regular eye examinations. So getting your child’s vision (or myopia) checked as early as possible can definitely help prevent and alleviate eye problems. Vision problems are easier to treat when the child is still developing the ability to see (up to 7 or 8 years old).
Early Signs of Vision Problems in Children
It is also difficult for parents to detect vision problems in their children who usually adapt to such problems as they grow.
Parents and carers can be more observant to spot early signs from their children, including:
Indicating that they have a headache
Blinking or rubbing their eyes frequently
Tilting their head or squinting their eyes to allow
themselves to see things
Covering one eye while reading or viewing
an electronic screen
Poor hand-eye coordination
Inability to see things in the distance
or at close range
Red or watery eyes
Indicating that they have blurred vision
or double vision
Missing or confusing words
Comprehensive Eye Examination for Children
This examination at Vivid Eye Centre will detect refractive error for your child, such as myopia and hyperopia as well as astigmatism, strabismus, amblyopia and other sight issues. Through the test, we are able to unveil children's eye problems early to seize the crucial timing of treatment.
Comprehensive eye examination for children aged 3 or above includes:
(Myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism check)
Intraocular Pressure Check (as appropriate)
Squint, Ocular Mobility Examination
Colour Vision Tests
(to test the ability to distinguish colours)
Dilated Fundoscopic Examination
Slit Lamp Examination
External Eye & Retinal Examination
Eye Examination Schedule
A comprehensive vision screening should be conducted every six months to ensure normal sight development and to detect or monitor any eye diseases. Having a good vision is crucial to their learning and overall development. Through regular eye examinations, you can detect eye problems early and take advantage of the golden treatment period.
Children should have a comprehensive vision screening every six months to ensure a normal vision development and to detect or monitor any eye disease.
The golden period of vision correction for children is before the age of 8. Therefore, early vision screening (or myopia screening) and identification of problems can help prevent and alleviate eye problems.
Typically, astigmatism is present ever since birth or naturally developed later on. It is not easy to prevent and quite irreversible. However, maintaining good habits and having regular vision screening can still help to protect vision.
There are 10 tests included in our comprehensive vision screening, including colour blindness test, vision test, refractive examination, fundus examination, etc.