Our owner and lead optometrist Susan Park has all the qualifications necessary to help improve your child’s vision

You should already know how important it is for your child to have their vision checked regularly – any problems could not only develop into serious conditions in later life, but are also likely to have a significant impact on their education and general development.

However, a problem with vision doesn’t always mean just being short or long-sighted. There are a much greater range of potential issues – including behavioural – that your child may be experiencing.

If your child displays any of the following symptoms, it is important you discuss them with one of our experienced team. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, and symptoms may present individually or in conjunction with one another.

  • Onset of headaches when reading or writing
  • Complains of words going blurry or sliding together when reading
  • Tends to tilt their head or close one eye when reading
  • Doesn’t like reading or writing, and might omit small words when reading
  • Struggles to write in a straight line
  • Complains of burning, itching or watery eyes
  • Holds a book very close to their eyes
  • Gets upset or angry when asked to read aloud
  • Bumps into things/knocks things over

In many cases, there is a direct link between a visual difficulty and the display of some of the symptoms listed above. Occasionally, many are mistaken for boredom or bad behaviour at school, but it is important that your child is thoroughly examined by a qualified vision & learning therapist to identify whether there are any underlying problems.

Susan Park is one of only two optometrists in Northern Ireland to be registered with the British Association of Behavioural Optometrists, which is a regulated body. The therapy she uses to assess patients with vision & learning difficulties is an evidence-based treatment that is well-established in both the USA and Australia, so you can be assured of its quality and reputation. It would be hard to find someone better placed to assess your child’s vision and help to correct any problems they might be experiencing!

To book an appointment for your child in our Vision & Learning Clinic, or to speak to our team about any concerns you may have about your child, please call us on 028 9145 4141.