Recap: Today’s Parent Eye Health Report

Recap: Today’s Parent Eye Health Report

There is a very good article in the October 2014 issue of “Today’s Parent” that includes an informative Eye Health Report section.  For those of you who haven’t come across it, it includes interesting cases, facts, and statistics.  Here are some highlights for those who missed it.

  •   1 in 4 school-aged children have a vision problem.  The referral rate from school screening programs is about 1 in 8, which means 50{4422c3e9d6d956ffe17c4a9703f8867adf328a271a08c00de098d82d34d0cfb5} of kids who need help are being missed.
  •   vision screenings DON’T include tests to assess eye health
  •   60{4422c3e9d6d956ffe17c4a9703f8867adf328a271a08c00de098d82d34d0cfb5} of learning disabilities are thought to stem from undiagnosed eye problems
  • amblyopia affects up to 5{4422c3e9d6d956ffe17c4a9703f8867adf328a271a08c00de098d82d34d0cfb5} of kids, which is a condition where kids are seeing mainly with one eye, leaving them with poor 3-D vision/depth perception
  • amblyopia needs to be addressed during the critical period when the brain is forming connections with the eyes.  Permanent loss of use of the weaker eye can occur if not treated before the age of 7
  • kids don’t need to know their alphabet or have to speak to have their eyes examined.  The suggested age for their first eye exam is 6-9 months old.
  • in many provinces (including BC), regular eye checkups by a Doctor of Optometry for kids 18 and younger are covered by provincial health plans

There are copies of the complete Eye Health Report at Avenue Eyecare.  If you know a child who is overdue for an eye exam, book one with your Doctor of Optometry.  Add your child’s eye exam on your to-do list for their Spring Break coming up in a few weeks!


Dr. Jessica Chang Optometry

Dr. Jessica Chang, OD
Vancouver Kerrisdale Optometrist
drchang@avenueeyecare.com | 604.558.1133

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