Has your child had a school vision screening?
According to the “Children’s Vision for Excellence Act”, children entering kindergarten, first grade, and third grade are required to go through a vision screening in Oklahoma. These screenings must measure distance acuity and the quality of depth perception.
Vision screenings are an important step to improving children’s eye care in Oklahoma, but these screenings miss nearly one-third of the students who should be referred for a more comprehensive eye examination. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that early detection of vision problems often reduces long-term effects on a students academics. Often difficulties with vision-related activities like reading, writing and arithmetic may be misdiagnosed as a learning disability when it is actually poor vision.
The American Optometric Association recommends that families should watch for symptoms of poor vision in children, these include:
- Avoidance reading or near work
- Attempting but not completely comprehending school assignments.
- Short attention spans
- Eye rubbing, blinking or headaches
- Moving their head sideways, head turns and head tilts or covering one eye in order to see
- Holding reading materials near their faces
- Eyes appearing to look in different directors or turning in or out
If these behaviors are observed, you are strongly urged to call Optique Professional Eye Care or your Optometrist and schedule your child a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection is key to reducing the effects of poor vision or eye health.