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The gift of sight is precious and establishing a regular schedule of eye care and vision screening will put your child on a lifelong path of health. According to the American Optometric Association, an estimated 25 percent of school-age children have vision problems and only one third of all children have had an eye examination prior to entering school. With good vision playing a vital role in reading and other developmental skills, early testing and correction plays a monumental role in a childs development. Undetected vision problems can prevent a child from reaching his or her potential.
Although vision screening is often conducted in the school system, the AOA also recommends that children (even those showing no obvious vision problems) should have a comprehensive examination at age 3 followed by another examination before first grade. In normal cases, regular examinations should be conducted every 2 years to monitor visual acuity and eye health. If any problem exists, examination frequency should be determined by the childs doctor of optometry.
According to the AOA, some of the common vision problems an optometrist will be able to identify during an examination include:
Enable your child to reach his or her full potential by establishing a regular schedule of eye care in childhood that will continue throughout life.
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According to the American Optometric Association, only 33 states and the District of Columbia have established requirements for vision screening in public or private schools.
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