During a child’s first twelve years 80% of all learning comes through vision, yet vision problems affect 1 in 20 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school age children. A common mistake is to think that a vision screening in school or at the clinic is an eye exam. Screenings may pick up on more obvious vision problems but will not detect vision related learning problems or eye health issues. Good vision includes visual acuity, eye health, visual integration and visual skills such as eye teaming, eye focusing and eye motility.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 20-25% of children entering school have significant vision problems that can affect their development and progress in school. Seventy percent of school age children who have a learning disability in reading have some form of visual impairment.
Dr. Gregory recommends that children have a complete eye exam between 9-12 months, at 3 or 4 years old and when entering kindergarten and first grade to ensure they do not struggle or fall behind in their ability to learn and read.