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ERIC Number: ED509808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
Childhood Vision: What the Research Tells Us
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
While a nationwide study of vision problems in children has not been conducted in over 30 years, the most recent NHIS (National Health Interview Survey) study shows vision problems are common in children, with an estimated 13.5 million children ages 0-17 affected. As of 2002, 30 states plus the District of Columbia "required" vision screening in elementary schools or for all school-aged children. Eleven states "recommended" vision screenings. Even with these recommendations and requirement, only a small percentage of preschool and school age children actually receive the recommended or required tests. This paper discusses what schools, parents, and communities can do to help children with vision problems.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Community; Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Health Interview Survey