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Kid's Vision at Adelaide Eye Care

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Adelaide Eye Care has a long history of helping children with their eyes, and we have excellent practitioners and resources to help your child.


Anthony Phillips and Rene Malingre are experienced contact lens experts for children's medical needs at the Women's and Children's Hospital and in private practice.  The Westbourne Park and Mawson Lakes branches are very well equipped for paediatric contact lens fitting, with the Mawson Lakes branch sharing resouces with a Paediatric Ophthalmology practice.


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Helen Keen and Jen Dickenson have postgraduate qualifications and long experience in assessing and managing children with vision, eye coordination, visual information processing, and visual-motor integration problems. Helen is a member of ACBO, and Jen is one of only three Fellows of ACBO, the peak Behavioural Optometry association in Australia.  Helen is available at Mawson Lakes and Blackwood, and Jen practices at Blackwood.


We have one of the best ranges of babies', children's and teenagers' spectacle frames, including complete spectacles from $149.00.  We can help with extra thin, light and tough spectacles for your child.

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Behavioural/Developmental Optometry

Behavioural Optometry is an expanded approach to functional vision care.  It recognises that vision is more than just being able to see, it involves the two eyes working efficiently as a team, followed by the brain processing information properly, focussing on the task at hand, and then integrating visual information with the rest of the body to efficiently make use of the information from the eyes.


A child’s development and learning ability can be affected by problems in seeing or in processing visual information. A child can usually be taught to improve vision skills by use of spectacles and/or by optometric vision training. Improving eyesight, eye coordination and visual perception does not directly treat learning or reading difficulties, but treating these functional barriers allows the affected child to gain more help from educational remediation efforts.


The earlier the vision and developmental problems are addressed the better the long term results are.In this way your behavioural optometrist will not only consider the remediation of any eyesight difficulties but also the benefits of prevention, protection and enhancement of your visual system in order to improve all aspects of your visual performance.


Jen and Helen have a lot of experience assessing and managing children, and welcome referrals from other optometrists, speech pathologists, psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists and other professionals.

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