Having regular eye exams is the best way to make sure your child is able to see clearly. A child with vision problems will not be able to perform at his or her maximum potential. During the first twelve years of life, 80% of learning is obtained visually.
Over one-half of students who were identified as having learning problems had undetected vision problems. Children with vision problems may not recognize that they have poor vision because they have “always seen this way.” Eye exams performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist may also detect the cause for vision-related headaches or dizziness. Parents will also learn how to protect their child’s eyesight from injuries related to sports, the sun, and everyday activities.
The Illinois State Board of Education mandates that every Kindergarten student and any student new to the state must have an Eye Exam by a licensed Eye Doctor. They also require vision screenings on all Pre-K, 2nd, and 8th grade students. District 200 will also perform vision screenings on any student when requested by the teacher or parent.
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