Tuesday, September 20, 2016 08:00 AM


Did you know children should begin receiving thorough eye examinations by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist by the age of 3 to ensure their vision is developing properly?

According to the American Optometric Association, one in four children has a vision-related condition. Amblyopia (lazy eye) and refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) are too often left undiagnosed and untreated, and can lead to long-term, irreversible vision issues.

Children with uncorrected vision conditions may also face many barriers in life, including poor academic performance, fatigue and impaired eye-to-hand coordination.

That’s why Sunshine Health, in coordination with Envolve Vision, is working to educate parents and legal guardians about the importance of routine eye exams — to help children reach their greatest potential. Sunshine Health, a Medicaid managed care health plan that has been serving Florida members since 2009, is committed to improving the health of the community, one person at a time, through coordinated care and a network of support.

An estimated 80 percent of our children’s learning is visual. When their vision is not functioning properly, their education can suffer.

Children with undiagnosed and untreated vision problems are more likely to find learning difficult and stressful. They may avoid reading, have a lower level of reading ...

News source: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2016/09/19/screenings-eye-health-must-start-early/90706040/

See also: Wake Opthalmology