Many children try to adapt to their vision problem without knowing they could see better. Teachers are uniquely placed to detect the signs of a potential vision problem.
As a teacher you are aware of the importance of good vision in the social, educational and behavioural development of children. Children often assume that how they see is normal; teachers can learn to recognise the signs of a vision problem and help students reach their full learning potential.
Along with allergies and asthma, eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems experienced by children. Approximately one in five Australian children suffers from an undetected vision problem.
Optometry Australia has developed a host of eye health education resources for teachers, all brought to you by this guy here, who we call Eye Guy.
Lessons and activity sheets
Below are some curriculum-linked lesson ideas and activity sheets written for primary and middle year students, on the topic of eye health and safety.