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Children’s Eye Tests

Adelaide’s largest dedicated paediatric eye team


of children face vision problems


of what children learn at school is presented visually


of children who experience vision problems go undiagnosed

Did you know that one in four children faces vision problems that can impact their learning and development?

At Eyes & Vision, we understand the vital role that clear vision plays in a child’s growth. That’s why we are dedicated to providing specialised and comprehensive children’s eye tests for children of all ages. As parents and caregivers, you want the best for your child, and ensuring their vision is healthy and strong is a crucial part of their overall well-being.

Children’s eye tests go beyond the standard adult exams. Our experienced and friendly optometrists are skilled in working with children, creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment that eases any anxiety your child may have about the test. We utilize kid-friendly equipment and engage in playful interactions to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

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Meet our Eye Fairy

Our Eye Fairy makes regular visits to our clinics during school holidays. She provides children’s eye tests for free.

Our next Eye Fairy visit:
Colonnades- 9th July
Hallett Cove – TBC – join our waitlist
Unley – 16th July


Bookings are recommended.

What to expect in a Children’s Eye Test?

During our children’s eye tests, parents and children can expect a child-centered experience that prioritizes comfort and engagement. Pediatric optometrists create a friendly environment with colorful décor, and they use specialized, age-appropriate tools and techniques to make the examination enjoyable.

Instead of traditional charts, children might identify pictures or play interactive games to assess their vision. The optometrist’s approach is patient and gentle, recognizing that each child is unique. Alongside assessing visual acuity, the test evaluates eye health and various aspects of visual development, ensuring early detection and intervention for any potential issues that may affect a child’s learning and overall well-being.

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Meet our Paediatric Team

Meet our exceptional pediatric optometry team, the heart and soul of our commitment to your child’s visual health and well-being. With years of specialized training and a genuine passion for caring for young eyes, our dedicated professionals are here to ensure that your child receives the highest quality of care. Our team understands the unique needs of children and is skilled at creating a warm and comfortable environment for even the youngest patients.

From comprehensive children’s eye tests to addressing specific visual concerns, our pediatric optometrists are here to support your child’s visual development every step of the way. Get to know the friendly faces who are dedicated to helping your child see the world with clarity and confidence.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know whether my child has vision problems?

Recognising vision issues in children can sometimes be challenging, as they may not always express their concerns. If you have any concerns, book an eye exam with us or you can download the following quizzes.

For Young Children (who are not yet fluent readers): download our quiz.

For Older Children (who are fluent readers): download our quiz.

My child has never said anything about their vision?

Children seldom volunteer that they have a vision problem. Usually, the first time they mention that “words move when they read” or “I can’t see the board at school” or “sometimes I see two of everything when I know there’s really only one” is when they are having an eye exam.

An annual eye exam is simple, effective and fun!

Our Paediatric Team have extra training to detect these problems.

How often should I get my Child's eyes checked?

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 should have eye exams at least once before starting kindergarten, around the age of 3 or 4. These exams are crucial for identifying vision problems that can affect learning.

After starting school, children should have comprehensive eye exams every one to two years, even if they haven’t reported any vision issues. Regular check-ups ensure that any vision changes or problems are promptly addressed, helping to support their academic success and overall well-being.

What is behavioural optometry?

Behavioural, or Developmental Optometry is a way of assessing how your eyes work together, and what your brain does with that information. This can be useful for children who have difficulties in learning.

Our Paediatric team are all skilled in Behavioural Vision Assessments, and complex cases are personally managed by our team leaders.

The first step is a comprehensive eye examination with our Paediatric team.

What is a visual processing assessment?

Visual Processing Assessments are in-depth investigations on how the brain interprets and processes visual information.  These assessments encompass a range of cognitive skills related to visual perception, including visual discrimination, spatial relationships, visual-motor integration, and more.

Visual processing assessments can help identify underlying issues that may be hindering an child’s ability to learn, read, or perform well academically. Problems in visual processing can often be mistaken for learning disabilities, making these assessments an important step in the diagnostic process.

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