One in four schoolchildren have vision problems.

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According to the National College of Opticians-Optometrists, these problems can affect your development and academic performance.

25% of school children between the ages of 6 and 16 have vision problems that can affect their development and academic performance. In preschoolers (0-6 years), the percentage drops to 10%. Vision is key to learning, since 80% of the information received at school is obtained visually.

With the start of the new school year, the National College of Opticians-Optometrists of Spain (CNOO) warned this Thursday that these percentages of minors usually present visual problems, such as myopia, hyperopia or strabismus, which can harm their development, personality and character to the extent of affecting their academic results.

In this regard, optician-optometrists recommend that all children should have a full optometric eye examination at an optician’s surgery at least once a year for children without visual impairment and every three to six months if we suspect that there may be problems such as refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism), amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus or binocular vision abnormalities.

Special attention to the warning signs

“Good vision at early ages is essential to guarantee school learning, since 80% of what children learn at school is received through their eyes,” says the Dean of the CNOO, Juan Carlos Martínez Moral, who emphasizes the importance of paying special attention to these ages as it is a stage where vision is fully developed and where 100% visual acuity is usually achieved.

Experts say early identification of a child’s vision problem can be crucial, so watch for any warning signs, such as sitting too close to the TV or coming too close to books, getting lost between the lines when reading, using your finger to guide you or squinting, not wanting to do activities that require more visual acuity, complaining of headaches or getting worse grades than usual.

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