Your child’s eyes should be examined comprehensively, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and prevented early.
Is there a link between children’s learning problems and vision issues? While scientific evidence shows that vision problems can cause reading problems, what evidence do we have that children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) have a higher tendency to have vision problems than the general population?
In 2012, the Ohio Optometry Association and Ohio State University conducted a study of 255 children with (IEPs) with the goal of determining the prevalence of vision issues among them. The conclusion: “…There is a considerable association between vision impairment and poor school performance. These problems are illustrated by the high prevalence of a variety of eye problems experienced in patients with IEPs.”*
The most dramatic finding was that of the 179 children with IEPs requiring treatment for their vision issues, 124 (69%) of the children would have passed the school vision screening test because their eye problems did not affect their distance vision. “Therefore, 55 children (31%) have a vision problem… and would not have passed the school vision screening test.”
Conditions typically treatable with prescription lenses such as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism showed a higher prevalence in the studied group than the general population. Other conditions that require a more robust treatment also found among this group of children with IEPs included:
- Convergence Insufficiency 17.5%
- Accommodative dysfunction 17.3%
- Strabismus (“cross-eyed”) 11.5%
- Amblyopia (“lazy eye”) 8.4%
Since children cannot tell their parents they have a vision problem (they often assume that everyone sees the world as they do), all children should have a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor before they reach school age. Including this simple step in a child’s preparation for school will help maximize his or her chances for success in school, in sports, and in life.
With “good” visual acuity we can uplift, inspire, and motivate individuals to live a positive life, to reach their highest potential, and thrive in their field of dreams?
Better Vision For Children Foundation (BVC) is a non-profit charity that offers free comprehensive sponsored vision testing for infants and preschoolers, working to prevent and cure partial or total blindness resulting from amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Autism, A.D.D., and Eye Cancer.
BVC is a 100% volunteer organization that has screened over 300,000 children in the U.S. and Mexico since 1985. Only 3 – 4% of children in the U.S. receive eye care services before the age of six. Most vision-related diseases are completely curable if detected and treated at an early age. The sole purpose of BVC is to help identify eye diseases that cause death and eye disorders through our program of free mass testing, thanks to supporter donations and sponsors.