It is estimated that vision problems amongst children are widespread. Vision problems, if they are unknown or untreated, can make succeeding in a scholastic environment difficult for kids. It is estimated that roughly 5%-10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision issues.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have their eyes checked at particular developmental stages. Children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at 3 years of age, and again at the beginning of school. Even children without any vision problems or eye health issues or risk factors should have their eyes checked annually while they are in school.
If children have existing eye health issues or certain risk factors, they should have more frequent examinations. Common childhood risk factors for vision problems include:
- Premature Birth
- Developmental Delays
- Turned or Crossed Eyes
- A Family History of Eye Diseases
- A History of Eye Injury
- Other Physical Illness or Disease
It is recommended by the AOA that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses have their eyes examined yearly, or more depending on their eye doctor’s instructions.