Vision problems in children

Vision problems in children

If your child has learning or reading difficulties, is clumsier than usual for their age, screws their eyes up or tilts their head to see, or has frequent headaches, this may mean they have a vision problem.

Key points to remember

  • if you have concerns about your child's vision at any time, take your child for an assessment 
  • if your child does have a vision problem, finding it early is good for their learning and development

What are the signs of a vision problem?

If your child:

  • has learning or reading difficulties
  • is clumsier than usual for their age
  • screws their eyes up or tilts their head to see, or
  • has frequent headaches

... this may mean they have a vision problem.

If you are concerned about your child's vision or eyes, it is important that you visit an eye-care professional.

Visiting your hospital eye clinic is free but you may need a letter from your family doctor to get an appointment. You may have to wait before you get an appointment.

There will be a cost to visit your local optometrist - there is some help available for families.

If your child does have a vision problem, finding it early is good for their learning and development.

What will it cost if my child has a vision problem?

If your child has a vision problem, there is a spectacles subsidy which can help with the costs of your child's:

  • eye test
  • glasses (frames and lenses)
  • eye patches
  • repairs

The subsidy is available for:

  • any of your children, aged 15 or under
  • but only if you have valid Community Services Card or your child has a current High Use Health Card

For more information about this subsidy:

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This page last reviewed 06 October 2016.
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