National PTA adds vision to position statement:
At their annual meeting this past June, the National PTA amended their policy statement, Elements of Comprehensive Health Programs, to include vision. The policy now states:
"Early diagnosis and treatment of children's vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning and that vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Comprehensive eye and vision examinations by an optometrist are important for all children first entering school and regularly throughout their school-aged years to ensure healthy eyes and adequate vision skills essential for successful academic achievement."
Up to 5% of America's preschoolers- nearly 4 million children or up to one in every 20 nationwide- may have impaired vision. Of the 4 million children born last year, approximately 10% will develop eye or vision problems by school age. Yet many children don't see an optometrist to receive the comprehensive care necessary to identify critical eye and vision problems at an early stage, as well as the care necessary to correct those problems.
For that reason, the American Optometric Association (AOA) launched InfantSEE, a public health effort in which participating AOA members provide one-time eye and vision assessments to infants between 6 and 12 months of age on a completely volunteer basis.
You may see www.infantsee.com for more details or call our office to schedule an appointment for your infant to receive an eye and vision assessment with Dr. Hampton.
In furthering our commitment to provide complete care for children, we now carry Baby Banz sunglasses to fit kids up to about 5 yrs. old. Both the lenses and frame provide 100% uv protection so important for young tender eyes and lids. They are also available with matching sun hats made of uv-protective fabric. I started having Faith wear sunglasses immediately to establish good habits at an early age, and challenge you parents to do the same for your children.