Loss of vision can affect a child’s self esteem, ability to learn and athletic performance. 1 in 20 preschoolers have a vision problem and 1 in 4 school-aged children have a vision problem. Only about 21% of preschool-age children have their vision screened, and only an estimated 14% of children receive comprehensive vision examinations before entering kindergarten or first grade, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, a 2010 report from the Office of the Inspector General found that three out of four children did not receive all required medical, vision and hearing screenings.
More than 47,000 pre-school children in Ohio have a vision problem that could lead to permanent vision loss. But, only a third of all children in the United States have had any form of eye care service before their sixth birthday, according to the CDC.
Eye problems can range from common refractive errors such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, to serious eye disease. Below is a comprehensive list of fact sheets that will allow you to educate yourself on common eye problems, dangers to your eyes, safety tips and information about eye doctors.
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