Today the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health released a new report titled "Children's Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues." The report was issued to help address the need for effective programs and strategies for children's vision.
The report includes the following information:
1. The cost of children's vision disorders are significant, $10 billion annually in the United States.
2. More than twenty percent of preschoolers in the Head Start program have a vision problem.
3. Good vision is a strong predictor of academic performance for children.
4. Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the most common cause of vision loss in children.
5. Uncorrected refractive errors in infants and preschoolers are associated with developmental delay as well as deficits in cognitive and visual-motor function, which can have an impact on school readiness.
The report also includes information of a summary of school vision screening rates and requirements by state, several effective examples of effective state programs, and a report on the impact of access to care issues. Contact Holly Rutherford-Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete copy of the report.
Over the next few weeks I will focus on several issues of importance in the report. New blog posts will be announced on Facebook. "Like" our KidSight Colorado page to get info on new blog posts about this report.