A Simple Screening Can Save Sight – Children's Eye Foundation

A Simple Screening Can Save Sight

Amblyopia steals sight. It is the #1 cause of preventable permanent vision loss in children in the US.  It is so sneaky it can hide from even the most attentive parents and pediatricians. CEF’s mascot, SeeMore is perched above, reminding parents to SCREEN EYES EARLY (SEE).  Vision screening can spot amblyopia and other diseases early, so that no child needlessly loses sight.

Did you know:

  • 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired
  • 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured, according to the World Health Organization
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the #1 cause of preventable, yet permanent vision loss in children in the USA
  • Early treatment is vital-waiting or not getting a proper diagnosis could lead to permanent vision loss later
  • Lifelong Impact: Amblyopic vision loss robs a person of career possibilities and affects quality of life

GET YOUR BABY’S VISION SCREENED STARTING AT AGE 12 MONTHS. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends instrument-based vision screening in the medical home to detect silent disease early, and routine eye chart testing when the child is able. Vision screening, before the baby can read an eye chart, is as much a priority as checking height, weight, blood pressure, or temperature. Instrument-based vision screening is a safe, easy, proven technology that makes it possible to detect vision problems.

Have vision checked in each eye separately as soon as your child can cooperate-usually age 4 or 5 years.  Childhood vision problems can be silent, sneaky thieves of sight that can hide from the most attentive parents & pediatricians.  

About 1 in 20 children will have a serious eye problem that needs to be treated by a specialist, a pediatric ophthalmologist.  Children’s Eye Foundation (CEF) has an army of over 1,800 experts in kids eyes and adult strabismus from the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)  – that’s a really long name for THE medical and surgical authority in kids eye care and adult strabismus care.  CEF supports research and education of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus-expert physicians, so that children can get the best care possible from physicians trained in medical and surgical eye care.