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child with glassesNearly 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. 1 in 20 children aged 3-5 years old have vision problems that could result in permanent eye damage and vision loss if left untreated.

How do you know if your child is seeing clearly?

Here are things you need to know about the importance of vision screening for children:

  • In Massachusetts, all children must receive a vision screening test before entering kindergarten. It is the law!
  • Screenings can be done by pediatricians, school nurses, or a health manager at school or preschool.
  • Vision screenings help to identify children who may have a vision problem
  • An untreated vision problem could affect a child’s learning.
  • Children do not know what ‘good’ vision is supposed to be.
  • If your child does not pass the vision screening, check with your insurance before scheduling an eye appointment.  Your child’s doctor office can help you find an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
  • Many, if not most, vision problems in children can be fixed with early identification and treatment.

Possible early warning signs of vision problems in children:

  • Squinting or frowning
  • Tilting head
  • Headaches
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Crossing eyes
  • Blinking more than usual
  • Holding a book or other object too close

Some vision problems may not have warning signs which is why the only way to ensure good eye and vision health is to have your child screened by a professional at least once before he or she enters kindergarten!  If your child does not pass the vision screening, make sure he/she sees an eye doctor and receives treatment if necessary.

For more information, visit the Children’s Vision Massachusetts website at http://www.childrensvisionmassachusetts.org and National Center Prevent Blindness-Massachusetts at http://www.nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/Massachusetts.

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