The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health is working to ensure that our children are reaching their fullest potential- in learning and in life- by ensuring that they have healthy vision to get them started on the right foot. Eighty percent of what a child learns is through their gift of sight. However- right now more than 12.1 million school-age children have some form of vision problem, and only one in three children in America have received eye care services before the age of six. The National Eye Institute reports that the most prevalent and significant vision disorders of preschool children are amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and significant refractive error, all of which can be identified and addressed early if children are screened for possible problems and receive adequate follow-up vision care.
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