A child’s development at 3-7 years old is accelerated and processed through visual experience. As a child learns to read and write in school, vision impairments have unnecessary negative effects on a child’s development. Many vision disorders can be successfully treated and even reversed, usually with glasses, if detected at an early age.
The screening technology used at all See to Read events is photo screening, which just takes a picture of the child’s pupils and processes the information automatically. Because of efficiency, we encourage children as young as 3 years old to have a vision screening. Early detection increases the chance for successful treatment.
Children who are referred during a vision exam need to be seen by an ophthalmologist to receive a dilated eye exam.
Eye diseases and vision problems are the most overlooked developmental disorders found in preschool children, even though each year they affect thousands of Oregon children.
Oregon House Bill 3000 requires public school students seven years of age or younger who are entering a public educational program to have vision screening or eye examination, effective July 1, 2014. After a vision screening the child’s screening results form will act as proof of screening.