Appears in issue JBO - Volume 22 - Issue 2
Experts estimate vision problems are prevalent in 25% of all schoolchildren in the United States and are one of the most prevalent handicapping conditions in childhood. However, research has shown, of children in the 9 to 15 years old age group, only 10% who needed eyeglasses actually had them. Children with undiagnosed and untreated vision problems grow up to become adults with undiagnosed and untreated vision problems. The failure to detect and treat children’s vision disorders affects the rates of adult criminality, literacy and labor productivity. Children must have the vision care and vision skills required in order to perform successfully in school and workplace environments. As children progress through their school years they must be checked regularly for vision problems. These screenings or examinations should include multiple tests to identify a wider spectrum of vision problems, especially those affecting near-vision. Parents must be educated on these points so they do not defer vision care for their children. Resources should be provided for those who cannot afford eye exams or glasses for
their children, as well as to make it easier for follow through.