Vision Screening for Preschoolers
One out of 20 preschoolers and one of four school-age children has an eye problem requiring treatment or correction. Since children do not know how well they should see, they will not complain about poor vision. Eye disorders that go undiscovered, can affect a child’s personality, his/her learning ability, and entire adjustment in school. The primary target of the Children’s Vision Screening Program is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). If not detected and treated by the age of six, can cause permanent loss of sight.
From mid-February through mid-March, a team of Day Nursery Auxiliary volunteers led by Day Nursery staff trained by Prevent Blindness Indiana have been conducting vision screening with all our children ages 3 1/2 and older. Children’s vision screening is the use of a simple technique designed to separate those children who appear to need correction or treatment from those who do not. It is an effective method of rapidly screening the vision of a large number of children. However, screenings do not take the place of a thorough examination by an eye care professional. Last year, Day Nursery referred several children to their eye care professionals for additional testing. I wanted to share with you this letter from a grateful Mom of a Day Nursery Federal Center student.
I just wanted to take the time to let you know just how much I thank you for having the vision screening at Day Nursery. I don’t think that I would have been in a hurry to get Futures eye’s check because I didn’t see signs that he was having trouble seeing clearly. I took him to an Optometrist and he did indeed have trouble seeing out of his left eye which in turn made the right eye work that much harder and since this was the type of condition that would have gotten worse with time. I’m so grateful to Day Nursery and Prevent Blindness Indiana for having the test done in the first place so now my son is able to see the world through new eyes.