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VISION: Good vision is essential for a child to reach their full potential. Vision problems can severely impact on a child's educational, physical and social development. Protecting a child's vision includes being aware of the symptoms that indicate an immediate problem as well as putting in place preventative measures. Through regular eye examinations and protecting a child's eyes from harmful UV rays you are helping to prevent diseases that if undetected can lead to vision impairment.

Any one of the following could mean that a child is experiencing a vision problem.

Appearance of the eyes:

  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Eyes blink frequently
  • Eyes frequently red
  • Eyes water
  • Eyes very sensitive to light
  • Eyes screwed up while the child is watching television

Behavioural signs:

  • Holds a book very close to read it
  • Loses place while reading
  • Cannot concentrate for any length of time
  • Positions head strangely when reading
  • Rubs eyes frequently
  • Sits very close to the television
  • Writes crookedly with poor spacing
  • Leaves out or confuses words when reading
  • Tilts head noticeably when looking at things
  • Covers or closes on eye when reading
  • Does not recognise familiar people in the distance
  • Complains of headaches
  • Complains of blurred vision
  • Complains of seeing double images
  • Complains of eyes burning or itching

If a Primary school parent or teacher has a concern about a child's vision or eyes, the Community Health Nurse will do referral vision checks as required. Please contact Health Centre to complete a referral form or consult your Doctor.

Jenny Hill
College Nurse