Visual impairment in childhood is linked to impaired development of cognitive, motor and visual function. A study has indicated that visual impairment will increase by more than 25 percent in the coming decade.
– Visual impairment is decreased visual acuity (<20/50 in children 36 to 47 months or <20/40 in children 48 months of age or older) in the better-seeing eye in the presence of an identifiable ophthalmic cause.
– The majority of cases of visual impairments are caused by simple uncorrected refractive error.
– Visual impairment in preschool kids can be prevented through vision screening in preschool age and low-cost refractive correction.
A coordinated surveillance system is needed to continuously monitor the effect of preschool VI on the national, state, and local levels over time.
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