(i) Timely eye examinations are
important. Every child should have a thorough eye
examination before starting school. This will
reveal any weaknesses which may already exist
before the child is challenged by the visual
demands of schooling. This enables appropriate
measures to be taken to help prevent worsening of
any undesirable tendencies of the visual system.
A further eye examination is recommended
around the time of commencing high school, as a
greater demand is expected on the visual system.
This concept of being ready for the task is
generally true for many tasks and applies to
anyone at any age who is contemplating on
significantly increasing the demand on their
(ii) Sun protection should be
encouraged for people of all ages. Children may
suffer radiation damage that may be cumulative
and may not show up until at an older age. Hats
and sunglasses should be strongly encouraged at
all times when children are exposed to the sun.
(iii) Good visual hygiene or proper use
of the eyes is essential in order to maintain
good vision. The following appendix is taken from
a handout that we give to patients in our clinics
who have vision problems related to the use of
their eyes. If computers are used, see Part II (C) as well.