80% of Our Learning is Visual…

So if the visual system is not working correctly our learning is affected. Children with uncorrected vision problems can struggle to develop academically, socially and athletically.

Signs your child may be experiencing visual problems:

  • Trouble with school work – not seeing the board at front of the class
  • Sitting close to the television
  • Not being able to see things in the distance
  • Sore eyes
  • Rubbing their eyes
  • Slow reading or having to use a finger to guide their reading
  • Closing one eye when reading
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Excessive blinking



  • Myopia – near sightedness which means your child can see objects in the distance very well
  • Hyperopia – long sightedness which means eyes can become tired and sore when trying to do things close up
  • Astigmatism – blurred vision
  • Amblyopia – `lazy eye’- this is where one eye can turn inward or outward. It needs to be treated early – if left untreated after the age of 6 this can become a permanent condition
  • Colour deficiency – means that some colours cannot be seen clearly, affecting 1 in 12 boys and 1 in 200 girls


GRANT DABB is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO), which means he has done extensive post-graduate study in the subject. He specialises in comprehensive Childrens Vision and Behavioural Optometry for children and adults.

Why Would My Child Need to See a Behavioural Optometrist?

When the visual system cannot operate easily and comfortably, the result is stress. Responses to visual stress may be physical like headaches, eye strain and blur.

  • Strained, tired, itchy, burning, eyes, headaches and migraine
  • Computer eye strain
  • Children reading and learning below their potential
  • Poor eye-hand co-ordination – shows in handwriting, copying and ball sports
  • Poor concentration at close tasks
  • Sports with high visual demands
  • Recovery from traumatic brain injury
  • People with special needs such as physical, behavioural or intellectual disabilities