Parent Resources

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.

Children’s Vision Health Virtual Q&A

Join Prevent Blindness Wisconsin staff as they share how vision can impact your child’s learning and development.

These free sessions are open to parents of children any age.

Sign up by clicking the link below:

Dec 10th from 2-2:30 pm:
Dec 3rd from 6-6:30 pm:

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.

A digital screen is a common view for many of us nowadays. While the digital world helps us stay connected, the effects it can have on children and adults vision health can be debilitating. In fact, currently 40% of the U.S. population has myopia, or nearsightedness due to increased screen times. Learn how to protect yours and your child’s vision health by following the simple steps of limiting screen time use and getting outside!

You’re 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 Their Eyes Ready-English
Make Their Eyes Ready-Spanish
Make Their Eyes 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.