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More Than One in Five 12 to 17-Year-Olds Have Trouble Seeing in Class
Date:8/4/2009

e importance of vision care and encourage them to make their children's eye health a priority.

Prevent Blindness America recommends all children have their vision checked at infancy and regularly throughout childhood. If a child fails a vision screening, or if there is any concern of an eye or vision problem, the child should be referred for a complete eye exam by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist). The combination of primary care doctor eye evaluations and vision screenings with a referral for a complete eye exam by an eye doctor is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

"The good news is that most common eye problems in older children, including myopia, can be effectively treated if diagnosed early," said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "We urge all parents and caregivers to have their child's vision checked regularly to promote a lifetime of healthy vision."

The American Optometric Association recommends that all children have a complete eye exam by an eye doctor at age 6 months, 3 years and 5 years. Between the ages of 6 and 18, the AOA recommends that visits to an eye doctor should occur at least every two years, or more if recommended by an eye doctor.

"It is imperative for children, starting as early as 6 months, to receive comprehensive eye exams on a regular basis to maintain their health and ensure academic success," states Dr. Leanne Liddicoat, a VSP Vision Care optometrist. "It's estimated that 80 percent of what a child learns is through vision."

For additional eyecare tips and information, visit VSP's Eyecare Discovery Center at www.vsp.com and Prevent Blindness America at

SOURCE VSP(R) Vision Care; Prevent Blindness America
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