One Year Can Make a Difference: The Impact of School Disruptions on Children’s Vision
When schools first closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hard to predict the impact of at-home, virtual learning on our children’s education. Now, one year from those first lockdowns, we are gaining preliminary insight into how this year of digital learning has broadly affected children and specifically impacted their visual health. This is particularly important since healthy vision is linked to school achievement.
We recently discussed the issue with several experts and advocates for U.S. children’s vision in order to gain an understanding of the current reality for children, parents, and educators. The conversation hosted by Judith Williams, VII Program Manager – Americas, includes insights and expertise from the following:
- Donna Mazyck, Executive Director – National Association of School Nurses
- Becky Palm, President and Executive Director – Essilor Vision Foundation
- Joseph Ricci, Executive Director – Pennsylvania Optometric Association
- Dr. Charles Shidlofsky, Clinical Director – Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas
Stay tuned to learn more about how we can serve as advocates for children’s vision today to ensure a brighter outlook for their tomorrow.