Survey suggests nearly two-thirds of children under six have never had an eye examination

HealthDay (8/3, Preidt) reported that, according to a survey conducted by Prevent Blindness America and VSP Vision Care, “more than 20 percent of kids aged 12 to 17 have trouble seeing the classroom chalkboard.” Specifically, “of the nearly 1,500 children in the survey, more than 25 percent of the teen age group complained of headaches, even though 45 percent of them wore some type of prescription eyewear.” Approximately “25 percent of children aged six to 11 wear prescription glasses.” Children’s eye problems also increased with age, with myopia being “the most common vision problem in older children.” Notably, the survey indicated that “more than 66 percent of those under the age of six have never had their eyes examined by an eye doctor.” Prevent Blindness America urged parents to have their children’s “vision checked regularly.”

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