Quick Facts

Quick Facts About Children’s Vision

  • According to the National Parent Teacher Association, 10 million children suffer from vision problems. Vision disorders are the leading cause of handicapping conditions in children.
  • Many studies have demonstrated that more than 70% of juvenile offenders had undiagnosed vision problems.
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye) affects 75,000 children in the U.S. by age 3 and about 5% of children nationwide are afflicted. Amblyopia is completely treatable and preventable, but unfortunately it remains the leading cause of vision loss in Americans under 40.
  • According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 80% of all learning during a child’s first 12 years is obtained through the eyes, yet 86% of children do not receive a vision exam during that time.
  • More than 50% of children identified during vision screenings as needing professional eye and vision care do not receive that care. Of those who do, the average time between the screening and the examination is 18 months.