Governor Heineman proclaims October See To Learn Month in Nebraska.
Twenty percent of children entering Kindergarten have an undetected vision problem –and this number increases to more than 30 percent by the time those children graduate from high school.
Most don’t know they have a problem. Without early detection and treatment, many of these vision problems affect learning, because more than 80 percent of learning is done visually.
To combat this problem, and catch vision disorders early, participating Nebraska optometrists offer free vision assessments to any three-year-old through the See To Learn program. Parents can find out who participates in their community by calling 1-800-960-EYES or visiting nechildrensvision.org.
Governor Heineman will sign a proclamation naming October SEE TO LEARN® Month in Nebraska on Oct. 24.
While Nebraska optometrists will be doubling their efforts to help children in October, SEE TO LEARN® is a national, year-round program where optometrists provide free vision assessments for three-year-old children to help make sure they have the necessary visual skills to perform to their academic potential. They also work to educate parents and others about the warning signs of vision problems in children of all ages.
The Nebraska Foundations for Children’s Vision, the Nebraska Optometric Association and the Eye Care Council work to address the cost barrier that exists with ALL of health care by offering the See To Learn program in Nebraska. Almost 10,000 three-year-old children across Nebraska have received free vision assessments since 1997.
For more information about SEE TO LEARN® or to schedule a free vision assessment for a three-year-old, call the Eye Care Council at 1-800-960-EYES, visit the Council’s web site at www.seetolearn.com or the NFCV site at www.nechildrensvision.org.
Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Vision Problems.
The Nebraska Foundation for Children’s Vision and the SEE TO LEARN® Program encourage parents and educators to be alert for signs that may indicate vision performance problems.
Although some vision conditions have no symptoms, the warning signs of some potential problems are listed below. Don’t forget –these warning signs apply to adults as well.
• Frequent rubbing of the eyes
• Frequent blinking
• Short attention span or frequent daydreaming
• Poor reading ability
• Avoiding close work
• Frequent headaches
• Reduced scholastic or sports performance
• Covering one eye
• Tilting the head
• Squinting one or both eyes
• Placing the head close to a book or desk when reading or writing
• Difficulty remembering, identifying and reproducing basic geometric forms
• Poor eye-hand coordination skills