Helping Children Succeed
We all want children to succeed. But sometimes, children can’t see the path to success, literally, because their vision is blurry. Young children usually do not complain that it is hard for them to see because they do not know what normal vision is. Often, to an adult, they seem to be doing – and seeing – just fine.
Yet today, 1 in 17 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school-aged children in the U.S.A. have a vision problem that requires treatment such as eyeglasses, to see the blackboard or to read a book. Vision problems are also a critical component of a child’s overall health and well-being. From physical development as a baby – reaching, crawling, walking – to cognitive curiosity to investigate the small things in their lives, to their success, enjoyment and participation in school learning, socializing and play, the ability to see clearly affects nearly everything a child can do or will do.
Poor vision does not have to be a barrier to a child’s well-being. A small investment in time for vision screening, and following through with an eye exam and recommended treatment from an eye doctor, may improve the quality of a child’s life dramatically.
Complaints such as itchy eyes, frequent headaches, blinking, or squinting, can be symptoms of a vision problem in a child. But sometimes the signs can be subtler, including: children who are frustrated by ordinary activities, who have difficulty learning to read or staying on task with close work, who cover or close one eye when looking at an object, who frequently fall or bump into things, and those who seem to be extremely shy or having a hard time engaging with their peers, may have an undiagnosed vision condition.
These repeated behaviors don’t always mean there is a vision problem, but a simple eye exam from an eye doctor and treatment could be the solution to a host of concerns. In fact, issues that may seem like personality traits, likes or dislikes, or learning difficulties could actually be caused by poor vision.
Experiencing life through blurry vision is a challenge for anyone. A child with an undiagnosed or untreated vision disorder relies on us, the caring adults and professionals around them, to recognize and then act to fix this imminently solvable issue on the child’s behalf. We’ve seen the surprise, joy, and awe in a child’s voice and face when the needed vision care is finally provided. That’s why we’re working together to open eyes and open doors for children across the Commonwealth.
Together we can do this. Best-corrected vision for every child awaits. Please join us.