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Children’s Vision

Every parent wants to ensure their child sees every opportunity coming their way. But for a child to perform at their best, their eyes need to as well. While 1 in 5 children suffers from an undetected vision problem, recent data shows a sharp decline in optometric services to children of all ages up to 14.

This trend is alarming to Penry Routson Optometrists because it also known that vision is responsible for 80% of all learning in a child’s first 12 years. “Poor vision can interfere with your child’s ability to learn and meet their full potential and can even compromise on their emotional and social development. “It’s just not worth the risk”, says Optometrist Simon Routson.

Penry Routson is raising awareness of the critical role a child’s eyes play their young lives; from reading, writing, sports activities to computer use. “More often than not, children themselves won’t identify that there is anything wrong with their vision as they assume that they are seeing just like everyone else. That’s why we urge parents to bring their kids in before they start school and every two years thereafter to ensure we pick up on any vision problems early”, said Simon.

A comprehensive assessment

A 360° eye consultation with Penry Routson Optometrists includes a holistic and extensive eye examination plus advice on health, diet and lifestyle and the latest eyewear solutions for maintaining healthy eyes and vision. 

Some of key signs and symptoms of vision problems include:

  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Frequently rubbing eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tilting head noticeably
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Holding a book very close when reading
  • Leaving out confusing words when reading
  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
  • Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
  • Complaints of headaches, blurred and/or double vision

“More often than not, children themselves won’t identify that there is anything wrong with their vision as they assume that they are seeing just like everyone else. That’s why we urge parents to bring their kids in before they start school and every two years thereafter to ensure we pick up on any vision problems early”, said Simon.