Joseph Lee, owner and optometrist at Stepaside Eyecare in Dublin 18, recently carried out vision screening in a number of South Dublin schools. He said “I found that in primary schools almost 30% of children had an undetected visual issue. This ranged from a mild prescription through to some kids who had no useful vision in one eye and required immediate treatment.”
Squint (a turning of the eye) is usually obvious to parents, teachers and health-care workers but there are other problems that may go unnoticed. A lazy eye, short-sightedness and long-sightedness are all common problems that if undetected can lead to blurry vision, headaches and poor concentration. An annual eye test will spot these issues and resolve them before they cause problems.
If your child is having vision problems, headaches or if there is a family history of eye conditions make sure to get them checked out.