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Prevent Blindness Releases Snapshot of Children’s Vision Issues

As part of our ongoing commitment to Children’s Eye Health and Safety, and as a follow-up to its 2016 publication, The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has released an updated version of the report titled Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues second edition.
 
The goal of the report is to provide updated U.S. surveillance data, share best practices from eye health programs, describe current vision and eye health requirements for preschool and school aged children, and share key policies and recommendations from the NCCVEH Advisory Committee on the best approaches to providing children with access to eye care.

Among other findings, the report highlights:
Prevalence and Impact of Vision Disorders in U.S. Children
Risk Factors for Vision Problems in Children
Access to Care 
Screening and Intervention
State Approaches to Ensuring Children’s Vision and Eye Health
Effective State Systems for Children’s Vision

Specific disparities related to visual impairment and vision testing are also highlighted in the report:
1. Children experiencing health and socioeconomic inequities have lower rates of vision testing, experience disparities in visual impairment, and reduced access to care.
2. Non-Hispanic children aged 0–17 years whose primary language at home was not English, had the lowest percentage of vision testing as compared to children in homes where English or Spanish were spoken.
3. An analysis of children’s vision disorders in 2015 with projections to 2060 indicates significant increases in visual impairment among Hispanic, Asian American, and multi-racial children 36 months to 72 months old.

Download the full version of “Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues.” The pdf file includes a complete list of sources for all data used in the report.
 

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