Vision screen children starting at age 3 for a lifetime of healthy eyes.
It can be challenging to notice vision problems in children because there are often no signs or symptoms. However, it is crucial to detect these vision problems during preschool years because it can be difficult, if not impossible, to treat them by the time a child reaches grade school.
Approximately 80% of children’s learning is visual
An estimated 5 to 10% of preschool-aged children suffer from some form of visual impairment
About 25% of students in grades K-6 suffer from vision problems serious enough to impede their capacity to learn
An estimated 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem
An estimated 70% of juvenile delinquents have a vision problem
50% of all cases of childhood blindness are preventable or treatable through known, proven and cost-effective interventions. The key to preventing vision loss is early detection because it can be impossible to treat blinding conditions by the time a child reaches elementary school.
Fortunately, early detection through vision screening begins as young as age 3. It is a fast, inexpensive, non-invasive and fun activity for children. It’s often easier to perform vision screening in a preschool than in a pediatrician’s office because the child feels comfortable and at ease.
During the screening our PBNC certified vision screeners perform an external inspection of the eye on each child, looking for any observable symptoms of eye problems. Then the volunteer screeners will play the “Eye Game” with the children, which is a fun term for the acuity test. The acuity test measures the distance vision of each child with a vision chart.
The screeners will send home a parent letter with each child explaining to the parents their child’s results and a referral packet for any child who displays symptoms of an eye problem or did not pass the acuity test.
In the coming months, the screeners will pursue follow-up information on children that were referred for an eye exam by contacting the preschool directors and reporting that information back to PBNC.