According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), “Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life, academically, socially, and athletically.”
It may be surprising, but a child learns how to use their eyes to see. Just as infants learn to use their mouth to speak or legs and arms to crawl, part of their development is teaching their own brain how to leverage sight. This also means that any undiagnosed or untreated vision problems can result in the progression of a condition and the brain’s accommodation of the vision issue.
According to the AOA, there is “an epidemic of undiagnosed eye and vision problems” especially in young children. They assert that 1 in 5 preschoolers have vision problems, and that by the time they enter school, 25% of them will need or use corrective lenses.
The best way to ensure your child’s eyes are healthy is by taking them for an annual comprehensive exam. During a comprehensive eye exam, your child will undergo a series of “tests”, such as a visual field test and visual acuity test. The eye health professional will be able to identify any vision concerns during this exam that may impact your child’s learning or development, and also provide options for solutions that meet the needs of your child.
We believe no one, especially our communities’ children, should be limited by vision problems. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam at any of our convenient locations.