Eye tests essential for tweens

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 04 Februari 2013 | 19.55

Inessa Corney, 15, and sister Raphaela Corney, 11, trying on glasses in Hobart. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

UP to 60 per cent of children with learning problems have an undiagnosed vision problem, says the Optometrists Association.

Thousands of Tasmanian children have undetected vision problems including short sightedness, which usually crops up about the age of 12 or 13.

State association spokesman and Hobart optometrist Andrew Hogan, who specialises in paediatric optometry, said it was vital children were tested when they started school.

They should also be re-tested every two to three years.

Eye examinations as children entered the teenage years were particularly important.

"Kids won't tell you they can't read comfortably or that things are blurry, so the only way to know is by testing," Mr Hogan said.

All eye tests have a Medicare rebate and most optometrists bulk bill.

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