Kids See: Success


Academic performance and children’s vision are inextricably linked. Experts cite that up to 80% of all learning occurs visually, leaving kids with poor vision at a major disadvantage. In 2016, the Vision Impact Institute, in partnership with Optometry Giving Sight and other organizations, created Kids See: Success, an initiative designed to advocate for eye exams for children before they enter kindergarten. Today, we are working in several states to ensure good policies for the future of children’s vision.


How Teachers Play a Role in Observing Poor Vision at School


Teachers often play a vital role in the vision health of their students. While 80% of a child’s learning happens through his or her eyes, more than 12.1 million school-age children in the U.S. have some form of vision problem. Poor vision in the classroom can lead to poor academic performance, lack of self-esteem, decreased socialization, and other outcomes. Together, we can give vision a voice for children around the world. View additional stories from parents and teachers.

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How Parents Play a Role in Observing Poor Vision at Home


Parents play an immensely critical role in the vision health of their children. Parents must be vigilant about noticing signs of vision problems at home and be proactive about communicating those signs with their children’s teachers.

What Parents Need to Know

When parents suspect that their child can’t see well it’s important to have their eyes checked by an optometrist or ophthalmologist who can perform a comprehensive eye exam. Read more here to learn why children’s eye exams are important, when to have your child’s eyes examined, how to schedule eye exams for your child and more.

Children’s Vision Exam Policies in the United States

  • States with Comprehensive Eye Exams Policies for Children
  • States Proposing Children’s Vision Policies for Eye Exam Legislations or with mandates/recommendations for eye exams after failed vision screenings

Because good vision is an essential part of a child’s learning, it is important for children to have a comprehensive eye exam to detect possible vision problems early and provide adequate treatment. While many states have vision screenings programs, research shows that these vision screenings are not enough to diagnose all vision problems and eye health issues. Many states do strongly encourage parents to ensure their children receive a full eye exam before they enter school for the first time.

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It's August and the perfect time to highlight the importance of receiving a comprehensive eye exam, especially for children entering Kindergarten:

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