Know the facts about children’s eye and vision health
- Vision disorders are the most common disabling condition of childhood; about 1 in 17 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school age children has a vision problem.
- Annual vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, and following prescribed treatment plans will give children a better chance for healthy development and school success.
- Children with vision problems may not complain that it is hard to see because they do not know what normal vision is. Vision screening and eye examinations are often the only way for parents and others to understand how well a child sees.
- Many children with vision problems are undiagnosed and untreated; some untreated vision conditions will lead to permanent vision loss.
- Children born prematurely, or who have developmental delay or other special needs, are more likely to have vision problems.