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OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford

Does your child need glasses?

This month, Melissa Hay of Visique Milford Optometrists focuses on young eyes, urging readers to take a closer look at children's vision...

Do you have a young child or grandchild at school? When was the last time they receive a full comprehensive eye exam? Studies confirm that one in five kiwi children are struggling with vision issues which can ultimately hinder their learning process in classrooms. With research showing that 80% of a child’s learning is done visually children can quickly slip behind their peers.

Reading, writing, blackboard work, computers are all hard work if they cannot see clearly. It stands to reason that having clear comfortable vision is necessary for a child to learn successfully. So many of the
day to day learning tasks at school require seeing quickly and using visual information.
Young children cannot always tell you if they find it difficult to see well as they may be unaware that what they see is any different from
anyone else.
Here are a few tips for you to look out for:

Does your child?

Lose their place while reading or use fingers to maintain their place.
Avoid close work particularly reading.
Hold reading materials closer than normal.
Tend to rub their eyes or have headaches.
One eye drifts or aims in a different direction than the other.
Close or cover one eye or squint.
Omit or confuse small words when reading.
Seem to have a short attention span for their age.
Have poor hand-eye coordination for activities like playing with a ball.
Consistently perform below potential.

These symptoms may possibly be vision-related, and will mean that your child is working harder at almost everything, causing fatigue and frustration. It is advisable to bring your child to see either Logan or myself if they are displaying these symptoms.
Not seeing comfortably can lead to a child severely struggling at school as their eyes are constantly tired and sore causing them to avoid concentrating. I want to help decrease the number of children affected by poor eyesight so they are able to perform at their full potential.
If you have a Community Services Card, or a High Use Health Card you may qualify for subsidies towards optometrist visits and the cost of glasses for children under the age of 16. Depending on your choice this subsidy could cover the whole cost of the eye exam and glasses.
Some eye conditions are not obvious to the casual observer so a full eye health check is the way to be certain that your child can see clearly. At Visque Milford Optometrists we pride ourselves on providing quality optometric services to our community. If your child has not had an eye exam recently why not book in to see us and “See the Difference”.

PS, Exciting things are happening in our practice with the introduction of Ortho K, to help correct the vision for everybody but especially teens with progressing vision problems and those who may prefer not wearing glasses or contact lenses at all. Book in to see us for a sneak peek otherwise you’ll have to wait for next month!
Visique Milford Optometrists,155 Kitchener Road, Milford.
Phone 489 4797.

by Melissa Hay