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Don’t Fail Your Child Before School Starts

The importance of vision in your child’s learning, behavior

Almost 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. It stands to reason then, that good vision is essential to learning. Yet studies show only 31% of children between the ages of 6 and 16 have an annual eye exam, according to Dr. Muir. Approximately 70% of children younger than six years, the age at which most vision problems can be treated before permanent damage occurs; have never had an eye exam.
“Some 20 million children will go back to school this year with a vision problem that may interfere with their ability to learn while also contributing to disciplinary problems,” Dr. Muir said.

But what about “vision screenings” performed by a school nurse or a pediatrician? Won’t they detect vision problems? Only partially, according to Dr. Muir. 

“According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, vision-screening methods detected only 40 - 65% of children with vision problems,” Dr. Muir said. “Every child should have a comprehensive eye health examination. Even if a child has passed a vision screening, a comprehensive exam can reveal problems that would go undetected in a screening. If a vision problem is detected, your family eye doctor can begin treatment immediately.”

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