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Complete eye exams in children could save their lives

Garineh M. Nersisyan, OD, writes in Healio (1/17) that more needs to be done to promote annual eye exams, because they are key to checking people’s vision and for the detection of sight-threatening and life-threatening diseases. Nersisyan mentions that “the American Optometric Association recommends a health check at 6 months of age, the first comprehensive eye examination at 3 years and again every 1 to 2 years after.” Nersisyan also says “that 86% of children begin the school year without having their eyes checked,” citing the AOA. Nersisyan also mentions that “Glen Steele, OD, AOA InfantSee and Children’s Vision Committee co-chair, stated that eye and vision disorders can impose a significant burden on patients, parents and the public.”

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