You can take your child for an eye check before they can read, as children’s vision can be tested at any age.
Pre-school children use their vision to learn about the world around them, and to develop their hand-eye coordination. Playing with blocks, balls, colouring, drawing and putting together toys all help improve your child’s visual skills.
This is the age when parents may notice a vision problem or the symptoms of one. You may notice your child has crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia). Parents should also watch their child for any delays in development, such as difficulty recognising colours, shapes, letters and numbers, which may point to a vision problem.
Poor eyesight can cause learning and behavioural problems.
Young children may not be able to explain their vision problem, or even be aware they have a problem.