Back to school....time to get your kid's eyes tested

Back to school in a couple of weeks here in Australia! We have eaten our fair share of Christmas food, played beach cricket and welcomed in the New Year. Now we turn our attention to buying school books, new shoes, the next sized uniforms and we should all be thinking about getting our kid's eyes checked.

Australian charity, OneSight, estimates that up to 40% of children may have vision problems which affect their learning. OneSight estimates that more than 660,000 Australian school-age children have an undetected vision defect. Surprisingly we see children present every year with previously undetected visual problems that could have been impacting on their ability to learn. 

Kids should have their eyes tested before starting school and then regularly after that. The time between visits will be advised by your Optometrist based on family history and the presenting condition.

The most common vision problems affecting children are:
myopia (short-sightedness)
hyperopia (long-sightedness)
astigmatism (distorted vision)
Once recognised, these problems are usually easy to correct. 

A serious condition that affects about 2% of all children is called amblyopia, or “lazy eye”. Early treatment of lazy eye is important as it is not possible to correct after about the age of five and can result in permanent loss of vision from one eye.
In simple terms, lazy eye is when both eyes don’t see equally which can be caused by a squint or one eye being stronger than the other.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists strongly urges all parents get their child’s sight tested before the age of 5.

Do the right thing by your kids and give them the best chance at learning by getting an eye test before school goes back! 

Oue staff, headed by well know Paediatric Optometrist Dr Ann Webber, are ready to assist in any way we can. Call 3899 4044 to make an appointment.



Eyes are kid's biggest problem

Dr Ann Webber PhD MS FAAO 

BAppSc(Optom)(Hons)

Grad Cert Oc Ther   

Optometrist

Areas of special interest

Paediatric Optometry

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Ann has almost 30 years of clinical practice experience and has recently completed a PhD that has explored the effect of amblyopia (lazy eye) in children. She has presented her work at international vision and ophthalmology meetings as well has presenting to optometry conferences in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

Ann studied Optometry in Brisbane and completed her degree at QUT in 1984, graduating with BAppSc(Optom)(Hons) and pursued post-graduate studies at UHCO in Houston, USA, completing a Master of Science in Physiological Optics in 1988. The period in Houston, which provided clinical and research opportunities, proved valuable experience in developing Ann's interest in children's vision and vision research. Ann has recently been awarded a Phd through QLD University of Technology for her research that addressed the impact of lazy eye in children. Ann has also gained fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry.

Ann has had an active role in the Optometrists Association of Australia, serving as both councillor and President, and is currently a member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Before this she served as Deputy Chair on the Optometrists Registration Board of Queensland.

Qualifications

PhD Paediatric Amblyopia - Queensland University of Technology

Master of Science Physiological Optics - University of Houston College of Optometry

Bachelor of Applied Science (Optom) (Hon) - Queensland Institute of Technology

Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics - Queensland Institute of Technology