We all want children to succeed. But sometimes, children can’t see the path to success. In fact, most children believe the way they see is the way everyone sees – even if it’s blurry.

Today, one in four American children needs eyeglasses to see the blackboard or to read a book. Vision issues are an often overlooked, yet critical component of the overall health and well-being of a child. Vision affects a child’s success at school and play.

Poor vision does not have to be a barrier to a child’s well-being. A small investment in time for vision screening or an eye exam, and recommended follow-up, may improve the quality of a child’s life dramatically.

We’ve seen the surprise, joy, and awe in a child’s voice when needed vision care is provided.

That’s why we’re working together to open eyes and open doors for children across the Commonwealth.

The signs of vision problems are easy to miss: vision screening and eye exams are critical first steps to treatment.

Complaints such as itchy eyes, headaches, blinking, or squinting can be symptoms of a vision problem.

Sometimes the signs are more subtle: children who are frustrated by ordinary activities, who have difficulty reading or doing other close work, who close or cover one eye, fall frequently, or have a hard time engaging with their peers, may have an undiagnosed vision condition.

These behaviors don’t always mean there is a vision problem, but a simple eye exam and treatment could be the solution to a host of concerns. In fact, issues that may seem like personality traits or learning difficulties could actually be caused by poor vision.