Full Vision Screenings Suggested Before School

Date posted - August 16, 2016

Eye ChartNorthwest Iowa —¬†The experts say 80-percent of all learning is visual, so good vision is vital in the classroom. As northwest Iowa¬†students head back to school soon, eye screenings are mandatory before kindergarten and third grade.

Optometrist Beth Triebel says those in-school basic eye tests often miss significant vision issues which may impact a child’s ability to read and learn.

Studies find one in four children have some sort of vision problem, while 60-percent of students who are identified as problem learners also have undetected vision problems. Triebel suggests parents take their children in for a preliminary vision exam when the child is between six months and a year old.

Dr. Triebel says many children below the age of ten have trouble telling an adult that anything is wrong with their vision, so there are a few things for which parent can watch.

One of the biggest vision issues in recent years is known as C-V-S, or computer vision syndrome. It can develop with some children and teens as a result of too much screen time with computers, tablets, video games, cell phones and other technology. Triebel recommends limiting a child to only two hours of screen time per day.

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