good vision is a
It’s estimated that 80% of what children learn their first 12 years comes through their eyes. Yet, according to Prevent Blindness America, “Vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children”. It is important to recognize that good vision is a learning MUST. When children cannot see well, their school performance suffers. Signs of a vision problem can become apparent in school performance and in social and behavioral development.
the need for
Since many vision problems begin at an early age, it is very important that children receive infant specific comprehensive eye exams beginning as early as 6 months of age. From InfantSEE.org: “The American Optometric Association encourages parents to include a trip to the optometrist in the list of well-baby check-ups. Assessments at 6 to 12 months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure your child has healthy vision for successful development— now and in the future.” When diagnosed at an early age, refractive errors, strabismus or muscle imbalances can be corrected with eyeglasses and other forms of vision therapy. If these vision problems are left untreated, they can worsen and lead to other serious problems that may affect the child’s ability to learn as well as their personality and ability to adjust in school. (preventblindness.org)