Facts and Figures About Eye Disorders Among Australian Kids

Some eye disordersOne-half of the Australian population suffers long-term eye problems. According to National Health Survey (NHS), over 10 million cases were reported. The said report excluded those unreported and untreated cases.

For Eyes Only, a leading provider of eye testing in Brisbane, shares more information about these numbers.

The Stats

• Based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Health Survey (NHS) self-reported data on eye disorders in 2004–05:
• Approximately 16% of 10–14 year olds wore either glasses or contact lenses to correct sight;
• The statistics of 0–4 year olds wearing lenses were extremely low;
• In the 10–14 years age group, girls were more likely to wear lenses than boys;
• About 19% of 12 year olds used lenses to correct astigmatism;
• One in 5 Australian children suffers from an undetected vision problem or requiring an assessment.

Common Eye Ailments Among Kids

• Myopia or Shortsightedness

This is characterised by vision where objects at short distances can be seen clearly but distant objects appear blurred. One in 20 among children aged 5–14 years suffer from short-sightedness. Experts say that genetics, improper reading habits and working in poor lighting conditions cause this eye problem.

• Hyperopia or Long-sightedness

This is a condition where objects at a distance can be seen clearly while those closer to the eye look blurred and cause eyestrain. Ironically, one in 20 children aged 5–14 years wore lenses to correct long-sightedness, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

• Astigmatism

This is a condition where objects appear blurred at all distances. This occurs as the cornea in the eye is not curved evenly in all directions. This causes the vision to bend lights at different amounts.

All these conditions can easily be treated, but getting a diagnosis is the first step to the right intervention.