Caring for Kid’s Eyes

Each year it is estimated that up to 5.7 million children worldwide suffer an eye injury. While many of these injuries are minor and the child makes a full recovery, vision loss or blindness occurs in 12–14 per cent of cases. With 90 per cent of eye injuries being preventable, it is important for all health care providers to be aware of and support the strategies available to reduce the incidence of eye injuries. For those children who do suffer an eye injury, as well as children who live with an eye condition or develop a complex eye disease, behavioural optometrists and orthoptists are vital. Working closely with both the child and family, they aim to achieve the very best possible outcomes in eye health, as well as education and social development.


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