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Are you concerned about your child's ability to see?

Are you concerned that your child's eyes "look funny"?

Are you concerned because your child is having trouble reading and writing?

Has your child been diagnosed as having ADHD, but you are unsure of the diagnosis?

You've come to the right site.

Childhood Vision Problems are Common!

  • About 20 out of every 100 school-aged children are near-sighted or far-sighted.
  • About 5 to 10 out of every 100 children have other types of vision problems.

Vision problems in children often go undetected. Why?

  • Children may not realize that they are seeing differently than other people. 
  • Adults may not know the signs of poor vision. 
  • Sometimes vision problems are confused with other illnesses such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Good vision is more than 20/20 vision:

Good vision means:

  • The eyes are healthy (disease-free) 
  • The eyes can see things clearly up close and far away 
  • The eyes work together to focus on a single object 
  • The eyes move smoothly and accurately together 
  • The information seen by the eyes is understood and gives meaning to what is seen 

Click Below To Learn More!

Every parent, teacher and childcare provider should know about childhood Eye Diseases and Vision Problems.

Learning ro read and write can be difficult if a child cannot see clearly. Click on Vision and Learning to read about how vision can affect Learning.

Click on Vision Screenings and Exams to see what vision screenings and exams should include. You may be surprised to learn that some screenings are not adequate to detect all vision problems.

A systematic approach to Eye and Vision Care, with a sharp eye to preventive practices can head off problems which could eventually become serious.

Vision problems can be treated successfully. Click on Therapy for Vision Problems to learn about vision can be improved.

Click on Helping Your Child to get advice on how you can make sure your child gets the care he or she needs.

Click on Free Screenings and Exams to find out how you can get free vision screenings or exams.

For further information on this all-important subject, feel free to contact Nancy JW Lewis, PharmD, MPH, at She has developed the content and contributed all the material for PPSI's "Childhood Vision" program.

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Date of Last Update: 07/27/12