The Kindergarten Health Assessment Report found that only about 14 percent of children received eye exams before school. They say having good vision is vital to a child's ability to learn.
Dr. Samuel Estes of the Optometrists of Lansing says the American Optometric Association recommends kids get comprehensive eye exams at six months, two years, and again before starting school. He says many parents mistake vision screenings for full exams.
These exams have objective technology that can detect subtle changes and defects without a child having to understand what good vision is. They also screen for eye disease and for muscle imbalance which may cause turning of the eye.
Eye experts say getting kids' eyes checked before school starts is just as important as having their immunizations up-to-date.