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Keeping eyes healthy is important at any age, beginning with young children. As part of its support for Low Vision Awareness Month this February, Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, advises everyone to schedule regular screenings and comprehensive eye examinations.
Vision screenings and eye exams are critical to detect problems like amblyopia, or lazy eye, the most common cause of visual impairment among young children, according to the National Eye Institute.
That’s why experts, like the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, recommend vision screening for all children at least once between ages 3 and 5 years. A pediatrician, family physician or other trained health care provider can conduct screenings, which are often offered at schools, community health centers or community events. If a vision problem is suspected, the next step should be an eye examination performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.