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    Default Vision impairment among U.S. preschoolers is a growing problem

    Lisa Rapaport
    Thu May 18, 2017

    A growing number of U.S. children may develop vision problems before they reach kindergarten, according to a study that suggests eye screenings will become increasingly important for the preschool set.
    For the study, researchers analyzed data from U.S. census records and from eye exams on about 12,000 kids under 6 years old. Nationwide, researchers estimated that more than 174,000 kids from 3 to 5 years old had vision impairment as of 2015 and projected that their ranks will swell by 26 percent to more than 220,000 by 2060.

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    Default Re: Vision impairment among U.S. preschoolers is a growing problem

    When tested, typically pre-schoolers undergo an eye "screening," instead of an eye "examination." Big difference between the two. During eye screening, a child's eyes are tested to see how they react to light and whether they can identify letters on a big chart. An eye examination, on the other hand, will test to make sure there is no structural damage to the eyes, like a detached retina, and to make sure there is no disease, like glaucoma, etc. Most children have their eyes tested at school, where they essentially conduct eye "screenings." Also, a good diet--consisting of green leafy veggies, carrots, fish, and avocado--is essential for eye health, especially in young pre-schoolers. How many pre-schoolers eat like this?
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