Children's Vision Screenings Are Helpful — But Kids Need Eye Exams, Too

Children's eye exams are crucial to normal vision development

Good vision is essential for children to reach their full academic potential!  80% of what children learn in school is learned directly through their vision, and vision problems can have a profound effect on learning.  It is estimated that 20% of preschool children have vision problems, and 1/6 of those kids have not had an eye exam by the time they start school.  Why?

Some preschools/schools offer vision screenings:

Vision screenings in school are helpful to identify children who already have significant vision issues, BUT screenings aren't sensitive or thorough enough to identify all children who have vision problems that can affect their learning. Vision screenings only measure whether a child can see at a basic level, and often miss other eye issues that children may be experiencing.  

Passing A Vision Screening Doesn't Mean Your Child's Vision Is Perfect:

Even if your child passes a school vision screening, it doesn't guarantee he or she has perfect vision or that their eyes are healthy and working well together.  

Problems with vision screenings: 

Children with significant vision problems are often able to pass simple school screenings
Parents are often unaware that their kids have failed a school vision screening
People who conduct vision screenings are not often qualified to do so
Children who fail the vision screening are often not referred for a comprehensive eye exam - and they should be

What parents need to do:

Take your child for a comprehensive eye exam with an Optometrist every year!  Kids as young as 6 months of age can start seeing an Optometrist, and annually thereafter.  Only an Optometrist can tell for sure if your child's eyes are healthy and working well!

Visit Milton Optometry to learn more.