The month of June is Child Vision Awareness Month. That’s 30 days to show your support for the more than 5 million elementary-aged children with vision problems.
Despite the fact that undetected and untreated vision problems can lead to serious academic, health and social problems, only 1 in 3 children receive an eye exam before entering school. A recent study showed that more than 11% of teenagers currently have undetected or untreated vision problems.
Oftentimes, kids don’t even realize they have vision problems because they think everyone sees the world the same way they do. This is why regular eye exams and constant communication with your child about his or her vision is extremely important.
In some cases, children have even been misdiagnosed with ADHD or learning problems when vision problems are actually to blame.
If you have kids of your own, summer is a great time to take them in for eye exams. And now that you know how important it is to detect and treat vision problems at an early age, take this opportunity to talk about it with other parents.
For more information about child vision and vision development, visit AOA.org’s section on Children’s Vision.