Vision Facts

1 in 4 school aged children has a vision problem significant enough to impact learning.

In economically challenged communities, 1 in 3 school aged children has a vision problem.

80% of what a child learns in a normal classroom setting is through vision.

74% of illiterate adults cannot pass a portion of their vision screening.

70% of juvenile delinquents have an uncorrected vision problem.

Only 15% of children will visit an eye care professional before entering school.

Children with uncorrected visual acuity of less than 20/20 are three times more likely to fail a grade in school.

Virginia mandates school based vision screenings for all new students as well as those in Kindergarten, 3rd, 7th, and 10th grades; accounting for nearly 360,000 screenings every school year.

Our VisioCheck program screened more than 59,000 students in the 2019-2020 school year.

Since its inception, our VisioCheck program has screened more than 221,700 students.

72% of those students receiving referrals through VisioCheck will be new to glasses and an additional 6% will need an update to an existing prescription.

Our Mobile Vision Clinic was able to provide 3,149 exams, prescribe 2,295 pairs of glasses, and refer 512 children for additional eye care during the 2019-2020 school year.

In its inaugural school year in 2018-2019, the Mobile Vision Clinic provided 551 exams.

Eye Healthy & Safety Information

We recommend The Vision Council’s site for general information about children’s eye health and safety.