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Did you know that up to 20% of New Zealand children may have blurry vision that can easily be corrected by glasses or contact lenses?* Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. With many children suffering from an undetected vision problem, it’s important to be aware of the signs to give every child the best chance of reaching their full potential.
Many children aren’t aware they have a vision problem and will generally try to adapt, without knowing they could see better. As a parent, you’re the best person to help find the signs.Signs to look for
1 in 6 New Zealand children have experienced eye problems^
Help your kids to see and be their best
With regular eye exams and simple guidelines you can help your child achieve the best possible vision and prevent conditions that could lead to permanent vision impairment.
See that they have eye tests
Optometrists recommend children have a full eye examination before starting school and regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school. Learn more about vision exams >
*Source: New Zealand Association of Optometrists, Wang et al Aust NZ Journal of Public Health, 1999.
^A Lonergan study conducted in April 2014 of 1,351 New Zealand parents with children aged between 3-10 years.