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Testing your child’s vision fact sheet

Testing your child’s vision

HOTV matching game

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 letters over page.
  2. If this is not possible, teach your child to point to the letters in a matching game. You will need two copies of the letters 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 letter when sitting several metres from you.
  4. Lastly, when your child is comfortable naming or matching the letters, 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.

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. FS312. 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

HOTV testing card

Matching card

HOTV matching card