As many as one in four Australian children are experiencing problems with their eye health, which could have implications for their educational, social and physical development.
Figures released by the Optometrists Association of Australia show that undetected vision problems are more prominent than many people realise, making full eye examinations essential.
Parents are advised by the group to make sure their children have an eye health check-up before they start school, with regular follow-ups throughout primary and secondary education.
Not only this, but parents are asked to keep check of their kids to see if there are any telling signs that they are experiencing eye care issues.
Teachers can likewise be important at recognising eye health problems in young students and the Optometrists Association of Australia offers various tools to help improve classroom environments.
Those who have taken out family health insurance can often tailor their policy to include eye care, which could prove invaluable as your children start at school.
Although an eye check is covered by Medicare every two years, should you or your family require glasses or contact lenses, private health cover will offer the protection you need.