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Look for These Vision Problems

September 8, 2015
By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler - Contributing Writers , OVParent

Dear Teacher: My children always pass the vision screening at school. Beyond this, are there any signs of possible vision problems that I should be looking for? - Seeing

Answer: Vision plays an extremely important role in childhood development academically, socially and athletically, according to Dr. Kara M. Cavuoto of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She encourages parents to take advantage of any vision screening opportunities that may be available to them.

According to the Institute, parents should be aware that "yes" answers to the following list of questions regarding complaints and signs may indicate that a child has a problem affecting the eyes or vision:

Parents should keep vision in mind when equipping their children with all the necessary tools for a successful school year. If there is a family history of significant pediatric eye or vision disorders or a potential eye or vision problem is detected during a screening examination, the child is usually referred for a comprehensive eye examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist or an eye care specialist appropriately trained to evaluate and treat pediatric patients.

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