Why Screen?

Why Screen Children for Eye Disease Before Kindergarten?

At least 15 percent of all preschoolers have an undetected vision problem that needs to be treated with glasses.

Vision is vital to a child’s development but many vision disorders go undetected. In the state of Oregon more than 11,000 preschool children may have amblyopia, a common vision disorder. Many vision disorders, like amblyopia, can be successfully treated and even reversed if detected early. Yet as many disorders go undetected, visual impairment threatens a child’s ability to learn during the pivotal developmental age of 3- 7 years old.

The See to Read program is offering free vision screenings to children ages 3-7 years old at local public libraries across Oregon this summer. See the Calendar for event dates and locations.