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Testing your child’s vision LEA Symbols fact sheet

Testing your child’s vision

LEA symbols matching game

An important part of the examination is measuring the level of vision in each eye.

There are some simple activities that can be done at home to assist with the accurate measurement of your child’s vision at their next visit to the eye clinic.

  1. Teach your child the name of the shapes over page (there are suggestions next to each shape but feel free to change the names to suit).
  2. If this is not possible, teach your child to point to the shapes in a matching game. You will need two copies of the shapes to do this – one for you to point at and one for your child to match by pointing.
  3. Gradually increase the distance between your child and you when playing this game until they are able name or point to the shape when sitting several metres from you.
  4. Lastly, when your child is comfortable naming or matching the shapes, it is important to do this activity with one eye covered. This can be done using an eye patch, the palm of a hand or any other object that completely covers the eye without putting direct pressure on the eye itself. Make sure to take turns at covering either eye.


There are also some interactive games on the website –
Click on games in the menu on the left side of the page and when the next page opens click on Lea puzzle. Copies of the shapes can also be printed from this site.

Contact us

Ophthalmology Outpatients (2d)
Level 2, Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t 07 3068 2630 | 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource no. FS313. Developed by the Neurosurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department. Updated: May 2016.
All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.

Testing card

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Matching card

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