Good vision is critical to learning, because more than 80 percent of learning is done visually. Yet studies indicate that more than 20 percent of kindergarten children have vision problems, and this number climbs to between 30 and 40 percent by the time these children reach high school graduation. Vision problems may keep many children from graduating from high school, as more than 70 percent of juvenile delinquents and 60 percent of adults in literacy programs have vision problems.

SEE TO LEARN® was developed to reduce these statistics, and optometrists from across the country are working together to make sure all children can see to learn.

What is SEE TO LEARN®?

SEE TO LEARN® is an innovative, three-step preventive health program designed to ensure that kindergarten children entering school can see to learn and to educate parents and teachers about the warning signs of vision problems in all school-age children.

  • Step 1: Ongoing education to alert parents and educators about the signs of vision problems in children of any age.
  • Step 2: A free vision assessment for your three-year-old by a participating Eye Care Council optometrist. This is designed to detect vision conditions that require correction at an early age. Although vision problems among the very young are generally uncommon, some serious conditions like amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (turned eye), require care before age 5 to avoid permanent loss of vision.
  • Step 3: A professional vision examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist paid for by you, the parent, before or during your child's first year of school. This is an important investment that will help ensure that vision problems do not affect your child's ability to learn and do well in school.

Warning Signs of a Vision Problem

  •  Frequent rubbing or blinking of the eyes
  • Short attention span or daydreaming
  • Poor Reading
  • Avoiding Close Work
  • Frequent Headache
  • A drop in scholastic or sports performance
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the eye (when reading)
  • Squinting one or both eyes
  • Placing head close to book or desk when reading or writing
  • Difficulty remembering, Identifying and reproducing basic geometric forms
  • Poor hand eye coordination

Eye Care Council, Inc.

The Eye Care Council is a preventive health care organization providing innovative education about vision care. The Council consists of optometrists dedicated to improving and preserving vision through public education. The Council was formed in 1991 by the Kansas Optometric Association to carry out the objective of educating the public about the importance of regular preventive vision care and about the warning signs of vision problems. Today, optometrists from around the country participate in the Eye Care Council's award-winning SEE TO LEARN® Program for children and the SEE TO LEARN®  Program to educate employers and their employees about vision care issues in the workplace. The Council has established a toll-free information line that can provide callers with vision care information or referrals to participating optometrists in their communities.

To make a SEE TO LEARN® appointment with Dr. Jerry Vaughan, call the Kearney Eye Institute at 308.865.2760 or 800.657.2112.