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. To get in contact with us, reach out to Judith Williams from the Vision Impact Institute.

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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.

With home schooling the new norm, children are spending more and more time on digital devices and, in some cases, less time moving. This combination can be challenging on their eye and bodies. As part of an ongoing collaboration with The Cooper Institute, we’ve teamed up to bring parents a few easy tips to incorporate into a child’s day to keep them healthy and successful in the classroom and on the field, both now and in the future.

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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VA is working hard to protect kids from digital device hazards posed by their school devices & has provided a great forum to discuss new draft guidelines. It closes 4/28. @raepica1 @jenbotjones @cherkies @lauranbowman @il_fps @PCMC1 @procm2 @Aimee4nola

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"Kids have been suffering b/c of increasing demands for online school work. Now we have significant research to help guide prevention & mitigation of serious health impacts." #myopia #obesity #sleep @HopeforVirginia @lauranbowman @ScottTaylorTV @VaHouse

“It is important to note that playing outside allows the eyes to have a break from focusing and straining on screens. The eye muscles become relaxed, and the kids burn energy! It is a good idea to remember UV-blocking sunglasses too!“ – Dr. Wruble, OD #ThinkAboutYourEyes

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