Early Vision Matters!
Please Help See Well to Learn Bring Vision Care to Preschoolers!
Why See Well to Learn?
One in ten preschool children have an undiagnosed vision problem… and because refractive errors such as astigmatism and hyperopia are more common in low income children, who also face significant barriers in receiving care, these children’s vision health deserve increased vigilance!
Because of low doctor’s office follow-up and screening rate, an estimated 62% of preschoolers who need glasses are not identified.
Preschoolers with vision problems may fall behind even before they enter kindergarten, and their vision problems may remain undetected until 1st grade or later. To address this, See Well to Learn provides access to comprehensive, multi-lingual vision care—in-school screenings, with dilated eye exams, and glasses to these primarily low-income children who need it most… in fact, usage of the MediCal vision benefit is as low as 3% in this segment of the population.
Merely prescribing glasses does not mean children will wear them. In low-income populations, the challenges includes providing education to parents and educators as well as finding ways to bring trained screeners and pediatric optometrists to those areas that lack access to these services.
During the crucial early childhood years, proper diagnosis and correction of vision problems, helps even the playing field with their peers, and facilitates kindergarten readiness, and ultimately paves a path to third-grade literacy, which we know is a key indicator for academic achievement, high school graduation, and better life choices and outcomes. Source: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters
What we screen for:
Amblyopia Amblyopia (sometimes called “lazy eye”), found in about 2 percent of 6- to 72-month-old children, is the most common cause of vision loss in children. It is uncorrectable after age 7, and is the leading cause of permanent vision loss in young and middle-aged adults.
Strabismus Between 2 and 4 percent of children under the age of 6 years have strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes that can lead to the development of amblyopia.
Refractive Errors The most common vision disorders in children are refractive errors—myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Uncorrected refractive errors in infants and preschool-age children are associated with parental concerns about developmental delay, as well as with clinically identified deficits in cognitive and visual-motor functions that may in turn affect school readiness.
Where We Are
See Well to Learn Geography and ImpactResearch and Medical Data on Preschool Vision Screening
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