According to Oklahoma state law, “The Children’s Vision for Excellence Act”, children entering kindergarten, first grade, and third grade are required to go through a vision screening. These screenings must measure distance acuity and the quality of depth perception.
SCHOOL VISION SCREENINGS
While vision screenings can be an important step to improving children’s eye care, these screenings miss nearly one-third of the students who should be referred on for a more comprehensive eye examination. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says testing and early detection of vision problems mitigate long-term effects on their education. Difficulties with vision-related activities like reading, writing and math may appear to be a learning disability when it is actually poor vision.
Symptoms the American Optometric Association recommends looking for in children with poor vision include:
- Avoiding reading whenever possible
- Attempting but not completely comprehending school assignments.
- Short attention spans
- Frequent eye rubbing, blinking or headaches
- Moving their head sideways or covering one eye in order to see
- Holding reading materials near their faces
- Eyes appearing to look in different directors or tilt in or out
If these behaviors are observed, you are strongly urged to call BA Eye Site or your Optometrist and schedule your child a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection can reduce the effects of poor vision on your child’s learning process and potently their health.