• One in four children needs eyeglasses to see the blackboard or to read a book.
• Some vision conditions, if not treated, will lead to permanent vision loss. This means that early detection, diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment of a child’s vision condition is critical.
• Complaints and behaviors such as itchy eyes, headaches, blinking, or squinting can be signs of a vision problem.
• Untreated vision problems may contribute to challenges with reading, falling behind in the classroom, having difficulty with sports and connecting with friends.
• Children born prematurely, or who have developmental delay or other special needs, are more likely to have vision problems.
If your child has failed a vision screening, shows any signs of a vision problem, or reports broken or lost eyeglasses, please take your child to an eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. Make the appointment today.
If you need help finding an eye doctor, call your child’s doctor, school nurse or health manager. Annual visits to eye doctors (ophthalmologists and optometrists) and eyeglasses (including replacements if needed) are covered by Mass Health insurance. Private insurance plans vary in their eye exam and eyeglass benefits. If you need help understanding your child’s insurance coverage, call your health insurance company. Assistance programs are available if your child does not have insurance benefits for eye exams or glasses.
Children who have symptoms of vision problems, who fail a vision screening at their school or doctor’s office, or who are diagnosed with neuro-developmental delay should visit an eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam
Children with vision problems may not complain that it is hard to see because they do not know what normal vision is. They think the way they see is the way everyone sees - even if it’s blurry.
The Children’s Vision MA Advocacy Group on Facebook is a new internet-based organization whose mission is to identify areas of need for children’s vision services, act on advocacy opportunities to improve access to care, and share resources and information to support improved vision outcomes for children.
Membership is open to parents, grandparents, guardians, caretakers, and families of children who have been diagnosed with vision conditions. Others who are interested in the topic of children’s vision are welcome to join as well.
If your child fails the vision screening, and/or you think they have trouble seeing, please read the below brochure.