Vision difficulties are one of the most common child health problems in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition in childhood. Problems with children’s eyesight can start at an early age and can affect a child’s ability to learn, athletic performance and even self-esteem. Vision problems are often misdiagnosed as behavior problems or learning disabilities.
The good news is that vision loss can be avoided if problems are found and treated early. And Medical Assistance and CHIP cover eye exams and eye glasses. Some barriers exist, however, that prevent children from accessing vision care services. Children First works to improve the visual health of the region’s children by engaging in multiple, interconnected efforts to improve children’s access to vision health care services.
Children First’s Health Policy Director, Colleen McCauley, nominated for a Health Hero Award for her work on Vision Care describes a little more about our efforts in the video below: