It is not always easy to detect if a child has a vision problem, in fact 1 in 20 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school-aged children has a vision problem. Sometimes children have trouble seeing and don’t even realize they are seeing the world differently than others. Healthy vision is important for learning and success in school. For most children, 80% of learning happens visually. Vision problems can make it hard for children to read and learn, and unfortunately, many fall behind in school or show behavioral problems.
This resource guide is designed to help parents understand the importance of their child’s vision health. This guide explains common vision problems found in children, what a children’s vision screening is and why it is effective, and signs parents should look for in their child’s eyes to see if there is healthy development, or if a problem is present.
Learn about five common vision problems for children: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, strabismus, and amblyopia.
Myopia (nearsightedness) is when objects farther in the distance appear blurry, but objects up close are clear. By the year 2050, half of the world’s population will have myopia. This is due to an increase of time spent indoors, doing near-related work for a long period of time, and constant exposure to electronic devices. Learn how to protect your child’s eyes by clicking the link below.
To help you ensure that your baby has healthy vision during the first 12 months, follow along with these Vision Milestones.
This form will help you recognize if your child needs to go to the eye doctor by covering different appearance, behavior, and complaint signs.