Around one in four school age children have some form of vision problem, with more children and young people wearing glasses. Research shows that children who have a vision problem lose focus on their work and this can affect their performance and development. As families across the country prepare for another school year, this is the perfect time to consider their children’s vision – a vital part of their school performance.
Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai has been highlighting the importance of healthy vision and the importance of regular eye tests. It is especially important for children under the age of eight so that any vision defects can be corrected before their eyes fully develop.
According to Dr. Darakhshanda Khurram, consultant paediatric ophthalmologist at Moorfields Dubai, around one quarter of school-age children have some form of vision problem, such as short sightedness, lazy eye, colour blindness, astigmatism, cataracts or genetic diseases. Many of these problems begin well before school age and can go undetected, so regular eye tests at an early age are important.
“Eye tests for children are essential – they are quick, simple and painless and can help prevent serious vision related problems in later childhood or in adulthood,” said Dr Khurram.
“They can also pick up those problems that may inhibit the child’s development at school and performance in the classroom; it is surprising how many ‘disruptive children’ at school turn out to have a simple vision problem that is distracting them in the classroom.”
Dr. Khurram recommends three steps for healthy school-ready vision: