According to the American Public Health Association, about 10% of preschoolers have eye or vision problems. However, children this age generally will not voice complaints about their eyes.
Parents should watch for signs that may indicate a vision problem, including:
- Sitting close to tv
- Eye turn in or out
- Closing one eye
When is a Vision Exam Needed?
Your child should receive an eye examination at least once every two years-more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor.
Unfortunately, parents and educators often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school screening, then there is no vision problem. However, many school vision screenings only test for distance visual acuity. A child who can see 20/20 can still have a vision problem. In reality, the vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex.
How can vision affect school work?
- They show any of the signs or symptoms of a vision problem listed above.
- They are not achieving up to their potential.
- They are minimally able to achieve, but have to use excessive time and effort to do so.