Kids, parents, and educators are gearing up to head back to school.  Because healthy eyesight can help improve a child’s chance at success in the classroom, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin encourages parents to make sure their children’s eyes are healthy before they head back to school this fall. Having a vision screening or a complete eye exam from an eye care professional will help detect any vision issues that could hinder a child’s ability to learn, play, and succeed.
 
Why are vision screenings and eye exams important for children?

  • 80 percent of learning happens visually for most children
  • 1 in 20 preschool aged children has a vision problem
  • 1 in 4 school aged children has a vision problem
  • 2/3 of children don’t receive an eye exam before they begin school
  • Vision problems often go undiagnosed and uncorrected
  • Undetected vision disorders in children can lead to developmental delay and permanent vision loss 

Online Resources – Make Her Eyes Ready for Back to School!

Parents, caregivers, and professionals can learn more about the importance of vision care for children through Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s Make Her Eyes Ready resources. Both parents and professionals can visit the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin website for additional resources to help ensure the children’s eyes are ready for back-to-school:

  • Back to School Checklist to help determine a child’s risk for vision problems
  • Vision Financial Resource Guide with local resources for children who need vision care, including eye care provider lists for Milwaukee, Racine and the Fox Valley
  • The Affordable Care Act and Your Child’s Eyes fact sheet (also available in Spanish)
  • The Eye Patch Club for children who wear a patch to correct amblyopia
  • Eye Health information on common children’s vision problems, such as amblyopia
  • Children’s Eye Safety information, including sports eye safety and first aid for eye injuries
  • Quick Facts on Children’s Vision
  • Screening Toolkits for school nurses
  • Webinars on Children’s Vision Screening
  • Certified Children’s Vision Screener training dates and locations

“This time of year, preparing to send our kids back to school can be hectic and sometimes stressful,” said Barbara Armstrong, Executive Director of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.  “We hope we can help make the process easier and arm parents with the vision information they need to get the school year kicked off right.”