According to Prevent Blindness America, 12.1 million school kids, or 1 in 4 children, experience vision problems, and 1 in 20 are at risk of losing their eyesight permanently.
Throughout the year, KidSight technicians and volunteers also screen thousands of children at preschools and daycares for the leading causes of childhood blindness at no cost to their families. This is especially important since only 15 percent of children under 6 years of age ever undergo an eye exam. In fact, during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, our KidSight Program screened a record of 67,813 children and referred 3,650 at-risk children to eye care professionals after a screening, with 73 percent receiving follow-up care.
Other ways you can protect your child’s vision this school year?
- Take advantage of free screenings like those provided by KidSight or schedule a screening for your event or organization.
- If your child is three or older, take him/her to an eye care specialist for a full eye exam, especially if he/she’s never had one before. If he/she shows signs of a vision problem before age three, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment.
- Nearly 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable. If your child plays sports, look into purchasing protective eyegear to keep his/her vision safe.
- Insist your child stay away from age-inappropriate or dangerous toys, household cleaners and other eye safety risks.
Good vision is essential to a great school year. To learn more about children’s eye health and safety, check out our KidSight Program and help us in fighting childhood blindness in your community by contributing to our cause.