Preschool Vision Screening by Dr. Alison Mercer

On June 6, 2012 I visited the Goddard School in Chesapeake, VA for a vision screening. In four hours myself and an assistant worked with 60-70 preschoolers ages 3-6. We had a blast with these children checking their visual acuity, color vision and muscle alignment. Most of the children had appropriate visual development but we did find a few who needed referral for a full exam.

Vision plays a very important role in early childhood development. Any abnormality can slow down a child’s ability to learn letters, reading and writing.  Children at this age cannot usually explain to a parent that they can’t see. Also, children learn to compensate well so a parent may not realize there is a problem. This is why it is so important for young children to have eye exams. Your child should have their first eye exam at 3 and no later than prior to kindergarten. Finding and addressing a problem early on prevents learning difficulties and frustration for these young children.