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4 Ways to Ensure Kids Have Good Vision Health for School


Ensure Kids Have Good Vision Health for School

Parents and caregivers want their kids to succeed in school. They provide backpacks, new school clothes and shoes, and schedule after-school programs. However, often parents and caregivers overlook one thing that directly impacts kids’ learning and behavior: their vision. Eye doctors report that one in four children has undiagnosed eye problems. Here are four ways to ensure kids have good vision:

  1. Good vision is more than 20/20 – More than 80 percent of what kids learn passes through their eyes. Many kids complete screening exams with 20/20 eyesight, but they still could have vision problems that impact their ability to learn. Watch this video to learn more.

  2. Read together with kids and observe – Kids need vision that can handle complex demands on their eyes. They need to be able to:
    • See clearly at a distance and close up
    • Have the eyes work and move together
    • Comprehend the words while reading and remember the story
    • Use eye-hand coordination to follow along
    • Recognize the difference between letters, such as b and d, and e and c

  3. Recognize the signs of vision problems – Children with vision problems cannot tell parents and caregivers that they have problems seeing, because they think everyone sees words and objects as they do. Common signs that kids could have a vision problem include:
    • Loses place or covers one eye when reading or seeing
    • Exhibits restlessness or a short attention span
    • Tilts head when reading
    • Complains frequently of headaches
    • Avoids reading
    • Dislikes close-up work, such as reading, homework or artwork
    • Struggles to remember what they read

  4. Schedule regular eye exams – Kids need eye exams to make sure their eyes develop correctly and to catch vision problems that may affect their ability to read and learn. The American Optometric Association recommends scheduling eye exams at 6 months, age 3 and before starting school. Set up additional exams as recommended by your eye doctor.
  5. Source:

    American Optometric Association

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