eye test for childrenIf you have a child you may be looking for the best eye test for children in your area.  Before we consider this, we need to recognize that children are not miniature adults, but rather need to be tested with the right instruments in a way that is designed exclusively for their eyes, while it centers on how they use their eyes in the classroom.

Most Sunshine Coast optometrists are great at testing adults and looking for ocular disease, but an eye test for children is a completely different situation.  Kids don’t always process visual information the same as adults and their method of dealing with the pressure and stress on their vision is completely different, especially when we consider how much time they currently focus on near tasks like computers, tablets and smart phones!

The right eye test for children must include the standard tests like measuring their prescription (whether they are farsighted, nearsighted or have astigmatism) and their ocular health, but any eye test for children cannot stop there!

It is vitally important that children see a behavioural optometrist, and make sure that things like the focus, how the eyes team together, how they move across a page, convergence and 3-D perception are measured.  If the child has learning difficulties such as dyslexia, further tests can be done dealing with how the child takes in and processes the information they obtain via vision.  This includes visualization, direction skills, coding and sequencing.

This is why a behavioural optometrist like myself does more in an eye test for children than any other optometrist, and why I use not only special lenses, frames and glasses but also offer exclusive, specialized exercises called vision therapy to help them, which centers on learning.

So on the Sunshine Coast or anywhere else, the best eye test for children may not necessarily be the nearest!  My patients travel from far and wide to have their vision exam, because they know that I will work hard to offer them ways to treat their presenting problems, while helping them save money on the frames and glasses we offer. This is especially true for learning disabilities where I use special techniques that centers a child’s specific vision needs when learning, and also in myopia or short sightedness treatment, where keeping children out of full time glasses is a priority.

So if you care for your child, don’t just get a regular vision exam or check up!  Visit a family behavioural optometrist and get the best eye test for children in your area.

Sunshine Coast OptometristIf you are trying to find a children’s Sunshine Coast Optometrist then it is worth turning to Dr Darin Browne, who has been working with children and learning difficulties for over 25 years.

Darin operates from a family friendly Optometry practice and brings years of experience and creativity into the testing of children, especially kids who are struggling at school.  His entire practice is geared around children, with a huge selection of fun frames, the latest in lens innovation for kids and online vision therapy.

He makes sure that from the moment you walk through the door, you are made to feel welcome, with friendly staff and a great atmosphere that your kids will love, from the PlayStation in the reception area to specialized tests that have been designed exclusively for children.

In fact, he thrives on kids, so your child’s eye test will be more fun than any other offered by any Sunshine Coast Optometrist.

Darin has seen remarkable changes in the world of optometry, and in the field of learning disabilities and dyslexia.  And with vision being the dominant sense in the classroom, having over 80% of all information coming in to the child’s brain, the link between vision problems and learning difficulties is a very strong one.

With most optical stores on the Coast treating children like miniature adults, Darin is the Sunshine Coast optometrist with a completely different view, with a host of special tests designed for children which the big stores simply don’t do.

He also writes and designs his own therapies, so the incredible results seen for children with learning difficulties are available exclusively through Eye CU Optometrist on the Sunshine Coast.

So don’t leave your child struggling to learn, or experiencing headaches, sore eyes or poor concentration and frustration when trying to read.  Visit Dr Darin Browne at Eye CU, the Sunshine Coast Optometrist who genuinely cares for your children and your family.