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Children's Vision

The EyeCare Center is committed to excellence in Children’s Vision. Our Yearly Vision & Eye Health Exam evaluates distance and near vision, eye health, eye alignment, as well as vision function as it relates to the learning process. Treatment options available include prescription eyewear, vision therapy and surgical correction.

Why should I get my child’s eyes examined before age 5?

  • It’s FREE! See To Learn provides for a free professional exam for your child. 
  • An eye exam on your child’s 1st, 3rd & 5th birthday will ensure proper development of the vision system and make sure that your child is ready visually to enter school. 
  • Intervention with lazy eye or amblyopia before age 5 is much more treatable than at later stages of a child’s development. 
  • The techniques used by our Doctors allow for accurate vision and eye health assessment on infants and non-verbal children. 
  • Good vision is critical to learning; more than 80% of learning is achieved visually. 
  • More than 20% of kindergarten-aged children and nearly 40% of high school-aged children have vision problems. 
  • 30% of children in special learning classes have vision problems. 
  • More than 70% of juvenile delinquents and 60% of adults in literacy programs have vision problems.

Warning Signs of Children's Vision Problems:

  • Frequent rubbing or blinking of the eyes 
  • Short attention span or daydreaming 
  • Poor reading 
  • Avoiding close work 
  • Frequent headaches 
  • A drop in scholastic or sports performance 
  • Covering one eye 
  • Tilting the head (when reading) 
  • Squinting one or both eyes
  • Placing head close to book or desk when reading or writing
  • Difficulty remembering, identifying and reproducing basic geometric forms 
  • Poor eye-hand coordination skills


Professional Eye Exam vs. School Screening

The most common children's vision problems such as lazy eye, eye coordination and farsightedness can be missed in screenings up to 80% of the time.

School vision screenings are a quick test of visual acuity and an important part of the cooperative healthcare effort, but are in no way a substitute for a professional eye exam by an Optometrist. A comprehensive exam and professional interpretation is the only way to thoroughly test a child’s vision system as it pertains to the learning process. A professional exam will include not only testing of vision, focusing and eye alignment, but also the efficiency of the vision system and eye health.

Children's Vision Handout

Developmental Milestones

The EyeCare Center is a partner in See To Learn. See To Learn offers a free Vision & Eye Health Exam to children under the age of 5.

Infant SEE Program

Mitchell County Partnership for Children

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Beloit, Kansas 67420
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Smith Center, Kansas 66967

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