NHM Health Focus: Children's Eye Health and Safety
Vision problems, whatever their origin, have the potential for affecting the way children learn.
"Each year thousands of children suffer from undetected vision problems that can make school and life difficult. In addition, children with crossed eyes and lazy eyes face especially demanding challenges. Children with poor visual skills may struggle to read, have short attentions, perform poorly in sports, develop low self-esteem, and have doors closed to many careers because of poor visual skills." Children's Vision Information Network
In addition to refractive and non-refractive disorders, eye injuries cause vision loss for too many. In 2002 more than 14,000 children age 14 and younger suffered sports-related eye injuries serious enough to be treated in hospital emergency rooms. Protective eye wear could have prevented most of these injuries. (Prevent Blindness America)
"Vision problem warning signs in children include:
Eye exams are one of the best ways to protect vision and to prevent permanent vision loss. Eye exams can make sure eyes are healthy now and alert parents to possible future problems.
From birth to old age, prevention and early treatment are the best ways to preserve and enhance vision and quality of life.
Eye and vision resources posted on Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum web site include: