Study: 25% of elementary students go to school with undetected vision problem

As many students are gearing up to go back to school, the American Optometric Association is reminding parents to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

It's best to get your child's eyes checked once they start kindergarten.

Although some schools do vision screens the complicated vision problems are often overlooked. A comprehensive eye exam can catch a lazy eye, farsightedness or even more serious problems that need to be diagnosed early.

One in four students in kindergarten through sixth grade has an undetected vision problem which can interfere with their ability to read and learn.

“Here we can check for kids that are near sighted, kids excessively far sighted or hypnotic or eye misalignment and all of those things are important because if they go undiagnosed they may never be able to obtain sharp 20/20 vision because they weren't treated when the kids were younger,” says Ophthalmologist Adam Hart.

Some key signs to look for this school season if you think your child might have a vision problem they do well on tests but don't pay attention in class because they can’t see the white board or they often have headaches.


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