Put an eye exam on back-to-school checklist

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Posted 8/7/19

Backpack — check. School supplies — check. Eye exam — not yet? Millions of parents and kids around the country are getting ready for a new school year. Amid all the planning and preparation, …

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Put an eye exam on back-to-school checklist

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Backpack — check. School supplies — check. Eye exam — not yet? Millions of parents and kids around the country are getting ready for a new school year. Amid all the planning and preparation, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is reminding parents to schedule an eye exam for their children.

Vision impacts every aspect of a child’s life, from learning, confidence and social interaction to participation in activities such as sports, art and music.

“Essilor Vision Foundation refers to vision impairment as an invisible problem because, unlike hunger or tooth decay, children often do not even know they cannot see clearly. To them, blurry eyesight is normal,” said Becky Palm, president and executive director of Essilor Vision Foundation.

Many parents are unable to identify if their child has a vision issue.

“As many as 44 percent of parents are unaware that behavioral problems can be an indication a child’s vision is impaired,” Palm adds.

There are many reasons why an annual eye exam is essential for children:

• One in four children in the U.S. has a vision issue significant enough to affect their ability to learn.

• Vision impairment is one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children in the U.S.

• Up to 80 percent of what a child learns is through their eyes.

• 80 percent of vision impairment can be prevented or cured, often with a pair of glasses.

As many as 10 million children in the United States have undetected vision problems, and many are not receiving essential vision care. 

Essilor Vision Foundation is a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Dallas, Texas, which strives to give children a brighter future by helping them see the world clearly. This year, it is celebrating providing one million pairs of glasses to people in need since 2007.

 To learn more, visit www.evfusa.org/OneMillion

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