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October is Children’s Vision Month

Vision problems affect learning and development and can prevent children from reaching their full potential.

  • One in four school-age children has a vision problem, and the majority of problems have no easy-to-detect symptoms – making it very difficult for parents to know if their child is impacted without taking them to see an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam.
  • Many children accept their vision as normal because they don’t know any different.
  • Eighty per cent of a child’s learning is based on vision.
    1. Approximately 60 per cent of children experiencing reading difficulties have an undiagnosed or untreated vision problem.
    2. Undetected and untreated vision problems can elicit some of the very same signs and symptoms that are commonly attributed to other development issues, such as ADHD, dyslexia, and speech problems.