About Your Child's Vision
Can my child wear contact lenses during sports activities?
Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to glasses for wearing whilst playing sport. Contact lenses are often safer as glasses are vulnerable to breakage.
Contact lenses also often provide better peripheral vision, which may improve your child’s performance in sports.
I have noticed my child’s eye wandering. What should I do?
I wear glasses. Will my child inherit my eyesight?
There are many types of eye conditions, including those requiring glasses that may be genetically inherited by your child.
If you have a family history of any eye conditions it is important that your child be examined as early as possible. Children’s vision develops from birth until the age of 8 years. It is important that any eye problems be detected before your child’s vision finishes developing to prevent sight loss.
My child is becoming short-sighted and I don’t want them to have to wear glasses. Can something be done?
Unfortunately short-sightedness cannot be stopped from occurring, however recent research indicates that the progression of short-sightedness can be slowed down by wearing specially-designed contact lenses overnight. This form of treatment is called Orthokeratology or Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT).
Orthokeratology has been around for several decades however recent advances in lens technology have enabled it to become an effective method of treatment in the management of short-sightedness. Orthokeratology lenses gently reshape the cornea (clear front cover of the eye) during sleep and provide clearer vision when the lenses are removed.
For more information on Orthokeratology, please make an appointment at The Eye Practice to speak to one of our experienced Optometrists by phoning (02) 9290 1899.
My child keeps mixing up colours? Is my child colour blind?
When is my child old enough to wear contact lenses?
There is no one answer to this question. Physically, a child’s eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. However, it is important to determine that your child is mature and responsible enough to insert, remove and care for contact lenses correctly.
It is best to book an appointment with one of our friendly Optometrists to discuss contact lenses for your child and what is involved in inserting, removing and caring for them. Our Optometrists will be able to advise you if they feel your child is ready for contact lenses.
When should my child’s eyes be examined?
It is possible to examine a child’s eyes at any age. In infancy, if you suspect your child is not seeing properly, it is critical that you have your infants’ eyes assessed immediately by an eye doctor (Ophthalmologist).
If you have no concerns regarding your child’s vision it is advisable that their eyes are checked around the age of 9 months and then routinely every 2 years thereafter. Children’s vision develops from birth until around 8 years of age. It is critical that any problems with your child’s vision are detected before their vision finishes developing to prevent sight loss.
Will sitting too close to the television hurt my child’s eyes?
Will using the computer hurt my child’s eyes?
About Your Contact Lenses
Can I lose my contact lenses behind my eyes?
Can I store my lenses without any solution?
Can I use eye drops with my contact lenses?
Can I wash and store my contact lenses in tap water?
Can I wear make-up with my contact lenses?
How can I tell if I've put my lens in the wrong eye?
How can I tell if my contact lens has fallen out of my eye?
How can I tell if my contact lens is inside out?
How do I know when to dispose of my disposable contact lenses?
How long each day can I wear my contact lenses?
I have astigmatism. Can I still wear contact lenses?
Why do I have to clean my contact lenses?
About Your Glasses
Can I get glasses that I can use for everything?
Can I get glasses that I can use for sports?
How long will it take for my glasses to be made?
About Your Vision
Are special vitamins and supplements good for my eyes?
Are sunglasses good for my eyes?
Many of our designer sunglasses can be fitted with your prescription lenses to ensure that you enjoy clear, comfortable vision whilst staying fashionable. For people who wish to enjoy the convenience of wearing the same pair of glasses for both indoor and outdoor activities, The Eye Practice offers transition lenses that darken to reduce glare when outdoors.