Traditional vision screenings only check how sharp your child's vision is. The information here is just as important for parents of children that pass vision screenings than it is for those that fail vision screenings. Here you can learn more about other important vision functions that could be impacting your child's learning abilities even though they have "passed" their vision screening checks. Eye exams are still recommended.
Here you can learn about the vision issues that could possibly impact a child's ability to learn, then you can go to your eye doctor and ask the right questions.
25% of children have vision issues impacting their learning. For one million school kids, that is 250,000 students in need.
About 90,000 need eyeglasses for nearsightedness/myopia. Distance and near acuity screening WILL DETECT these students
About 130,000 need eyeglasses for farsightedness/hyperopia. Distance and near acuity screening WILL NOT DETECT most of the students at risk of this condition.
20,000 have amblyopia or “lazy eye”. Distance and near acuity screening WILL DETECT these students
30,000 have strabismus or an eye turn. Distance and near acuity screening WILL MISS most of the students at risk of this condition.
50,000 have binocular/eye focusing instability like convergence insufficiency. Distance and near acuity screening WILL MISS most of the students at risk of this condition.
Note: The above breakdown adds up to more than 250,000 because many children have multiple issues.
CONCLUSION: Distance and near visual acuity alone may miss 14% or up to 140,000 out of 1,000,000 students that have a clinically significant vision issue that could be impacting their learning.
Does my child have more than the average amount of farsightedness?
Does my child have normal 3d depth perception?
Does my child have strabimus or lazy eye?
Does my child have convergence insufficiency? (To answer this question, symptoms have to be surveyed, reviewed and discussed)