1 In 5 School Children Have A Vision Problem

Children’s vision problems are not always easy to find as many cannot be detected by a standard eye chart test.

According to recent research, simple vision screenings – commonly given by a school nurse or doctor – detect only 5 percent of all vision problems.

This is upsetting as nearly 80 percent of what a child learns is obtained visually in their first 12 years, and studies show that up to 20% of all children have a visual problem requiring attention (not always glasses!).

Undetected vision problems that can interfere with learning include astigmatism (distortion of vision), longsightedness (difficulty focussing up close), myopia, lazy eye (amblyopia) and binocular vision problems (eye teaming problems).