Is your child’s eyesight limiting his or her potential? Vision Council of America found that one in four children has problems with their sight. Since 80% of what children learn is visual, slight vision impairments can interfere with academic and athletic performance, and contribute to low self-esteem. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), routine eye exams are vital for early detection. Many children don’t realize they have vision problems. Their impaired vision seems normal.

School vision screenings don’t reveal all visual difficulties. In fact, the Journal of Behavioral Optometry found that one in ten children who pass a vision screening actually has vision problems.

The AOA recommends eye exams at six months, three and five years, and every 2 years thereafter. Children with visual conditions should follow a schedule recommended by their eye doctor. To learn more about the importance of early detection for children, go to