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Children’s Vision

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.

A Parents’ Guide to Vision Screening and Follow Up Care

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.

Parent Guide (English)

Parent Guide (Spanish)

Parent Guide (Hmong)

Additional Resources for Parents

Answers to Common Parent Questions

Common Vision Problems in Children
Learn about five common vision problems for children: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, strabismus, and amblyopia.

Myopia
(nearsightedness) – 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.

Your Baby’s Eyes – Vision Milestones
To help you ensure that your baby has healthy vision during the first 12 months, follow along with these Vision Milestones.

Make Sure Their Eyes Are Ready
This form will help you recognize if your child needs to go to the eye doctor by covering different appearance, behavior, and complaint signs.

Make Sure Their Eyes Are Ready (English)
Make Sure Their Eyes Are Ready (Spanish)
Make Sure Their Eyes Are Ready (Hmong)

How to Make an Eye Appointment
Wondering how to make an eye doctor appointment for your child. Click the link below to check out our helpful graph.

How-to-Make-A-Doctors-Appointment (English)
How to Make an Eye Doctor Appointment (Spanish)
How to Make an Eye Doctor Appointment (Hmong)

How to Make an Eye Doctor Appointment with Medicaid

Healthy Contact Lens Habits
Contact lenses are a convenient way for individuals to see more clearly without having to use or wear glasses. 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, however, many of them don’t take care of them like they should. While contact lenses can be easy and convenient, it is important for those that wear them to use them properly and take care of their eyes.