Eye problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age kids, and can result in permanent damage if untreated, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The following Web sites will help you assess early on if your child has a vision problem.
Your Child's First Year of Vision Development - InfantSEE
Put together by the members of American Optometric Association (AOA) in partnership with the Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, InfantSEE offers a comprehensive guide for parents so they'll know what to expect at each stage of their child's vision development within the first year of life. The Web site has practical exercises and activities you can do with your child to stimulate good eye health, and information about the most common vision problems to watch out for in your child. This public health program is offered free of charge, and offers AOA-member optometrists who can give parents a one-time comprehensive assessment test of their infant's vision.
- Your Baby's Developing Eyes
- Common Terms About Eye Health
- Locate an InfantSEE Optometrist Near You
- About InfantSEE
Children's Eye Care - EyeCare America
A public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeCare America offers a downloadable brochure with answers to frequently asked questions about children's eye care, as well as eye illustrations to help you know when to call the doctor.
The First Vision Exam - All About Vision
AllAboutVision.com has many resources for parents, including information on how to prepare for your child's first vision exam, and how to prevent computer vision syndrome and vision-related learning problems. The site also has great tips for buying kid's eyewear.
- Preparing for an Eye Exam
- Children and Computer Vision Syndrome
- Vision Problems of Preschool Children
- Vision-Related Learning Disabilities
- 10 Tips for Buying Kids' Eyewear
- Are Contact Lenses A Good Choice For Kids?
- Test Your Eyeglasses Eye-Q
School Screenings - Prevent Blindness America
Most states require or recommend vision screenings for school-aged children. Find out why vision screenings are important and where to find a vision screening program in your state.
- Children's Vision Screenings
- Taking Care of Your Child's Eyes
- Find Vision Screening Programs in Your State
Financial Assistance and Vision Care Resource Guides
These two Web sites provide information on institutions and foundations that offer financial aid for eye care, including the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, New Eyes for the Needy, Partnership for Prescription Assistance, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and more.
Interactives and Fun Activities for Children
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