1. Trick or treat? Vision disorders are not common in children.
TRICK! The National Eye Institute reports vision disorders are the most common handicapping condition in childhood.
2. Trick or treat? Children will tell an adult when they have a vision problem.
TRICK! Children with impaired vision often do not know it. They can be very good at compensating and accommodating poor vision.
3. Trick or treat? Children should be given vision screenings.
TRICK! The latest study by the National Eye Institute found vision screenings missed between 32 and 63% of vision problems identified by eye examinations.
4. Trick or treat? Vision screenings are good enough.
TRICK! Vision screenings attempt to separate those with possible vision problems (fail) from those without (pass) and nothing more. Vision screenings do not diagnose eye and vision problems. Read this article and more on the Vision First website…
5. Trick or treat? Vision screenings test and evaluate.
TRICK! Vision screenings do not test and evaluate. Only an eye doctor’s eye exam can. There is a big difference between screenings and exams. Read this fact sheet…
7. Trick or treat? A pediatrician can diagnose amblyopia or “lazy eye.”
TRICK! Only an eye doctor’s eye exam can diagnose amblyopia. (optometrist or ophthalmologist) A pediatrician does not have the equipment and training.
9. Trick or treat? Children with ADD, ADHD, or other learning problems don’t have a vision problem.
TRICK! These children could have a learning-related vision problem. Read another great article that explains how education can benefit from behavioral optometry here…
10. Trick or treat? Vision therapy is “hocus pocus.”
TRICK! Vision therapy is NOT “hocus pocus.” It is a proven treatment. Read the latest study that proves vision therapy is effective for one type of vision problem called, “convergence insufficiency or CI” here. Note: Vision therapy and CI is listed on the Vision First form but not on the State form in Kentucky, Missouri, or Illinois.
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