An “Eye-Opening” Shift In Classroom Learning

The use of technology both in and out of the classroom has many benefits for students, but it can also take a toll on their eye health and vision if proper precautions arent followed. According to the American Optometric Associations (AOA) 2013 American Eye-Q survey, 85 percent of parents indicate their children use electronic devices up to four hours per day. The survey also indicates that 41 percent of children have their own smartphone or tablet and 32 percent use both e-books and textbooks at school. Additionally, 66 percent of children use a computer or tablet to do homework or study.
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Eye exams preserve children’s vision

Many of these children are at greater risk of learning difficulties due to poor vision and thus may not be entering school ready to learn. Prevent Blindness Ohio has declared August as Childrens Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to educate parents about childrens vision health. Prevent Blindness Ohio recommends a continuum of eye care throughout the lifespan beginning at birth and including regular vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams. Vision problems in young children are often missed because children do not know they cannot see well and most often vision problems have no symptoms or signs that can even be recognized by their caretakers. The National Center for Childrens Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness America has selected Ohio as a test ground for the standardization of vision screening and surveillance among young children. The Save Our Sight Fund, supports statewide nonprofit organizations like Prevent Blindness Ohio, which offers free educational programming and preschool vision-screening training and equipment to primary health-care providers, clinics, childcare providers, schools and others. Ohio is establishing a model for the rest of the nation for childrens vision health, but more can be done. Parents, educators, caretakers and health providers must understand the important role vision plays in early learning.
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August is eye safety month

Yet, fewer than 15 percent of all preschool children receive an eye examination. Also, studies have shown that preschool vision screenings reduce vision disorders among school-age children. For these reasons, many primary care and pediatric clinics as well as schools provide vision screenings. The purpose of vision screening is to identify children who would benefit from a comprehensive eye examination. But how effective are these screenings in identifying those children?
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