Philip Walsh - Ten warning signs that there might be something wrong with your child’s vision

Publish Date
Thursday, 25 January 2018, 2:16PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

By Philip Walsh

Kids often have no idea that they have a vision problem, so it is vital that you understand the potential warning signs of poor vision. Contact your local optometrist if your child is:

  1. Straining their eyes or tilting their head to see better
  2. Frequently rubbing their eyes
  3. Losing their place while reading, or using a finger to guide their reading
  4. Is overly sensitive to light and/or experiences excessive tearing in bright conditions 
  5. Is falling behind in school
  6. Is complaining of headaches or tired eyes 
  7. Is consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  8. Avoids activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework; or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities 
  9. Closes one eye to read, watch TV or see better 
  10. Avoids using a computer or tablet because it ‘hurts their eyes’      

If you notice any warning signs see your optometrist straight away no matter what age your child is.

At Specsavers, every child under the age of 16 is entitled to a free eye exam as part of the Kids Go Free initiative. For more information on your child’s eye health and to book an appointment, visit your local Specsavers optometrist or

About Philip 

Philip is an experienced optometrist with a Bachelor of Optometry from Auckland University. He’s worked in the UK, Zimbabwe and is now the Optometrist Director at the Specsavers New Lynn store in Auckland, one of 52 Specsavers stores across the country. 

Improving access for all Kiwis to high-quality eye care and eyewear is Philip’s passion. What he loves about his role at Specsavers is providing all his patients with excellent customer service and professional eye care with the latest technology and knowledgeable well-trained staff.

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