New Study Confirms Pre-School Vision Problems affect 175, 000 Children.

| May 29, 2017

 

A new research study in this month’s Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirmed that in 2015 about 175,000 children ages 3 to 5 had some form of vision impairment. Most of these (69%) were due to the need for eye glasses. Another large percentage (25%) was due to amblyopia (Lazy eye).

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children have eye examinations at ages 1, 3, and 5. The key here is to try to prevent amblyopia and other vision conditions that can affect learning, development, and school performance. Keep in mind that visits to the pediatrician and school nurse are only vision screenings that miss a large percentage of these vision problems.

Some signs of vision problems in preschoolers can include:

  • Poor motor skills, clumsiness
  • Rubbing or closing an eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Avoidance of close work
  • Poor awareness of surroundings

A comprehensive eye examination of preferred over vision screenings. Your eye doctor can test your child and make recommendations that can include: eyeglasses, vision therapy, and medical eye care when necessary. If you wish to learn more about pre-school vision care, please call our office at 518-374-8001 or visit our web site at www.foxvisiondeveelopment.com  .

 

 

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