Children’s Vision should not be overlooked

Letter to the editor published by East County Californian, September 15, 2019
Michael Emerson, RDO, FNAO

Summer is almost over and children are starting school again all around East San Diego County.

While we hear messages and see signs everywhere for flu shots, dental screenings, and other important back-to-school health checks, children’s vision is sometimes overlooked.  Approximately one in four school age children have some type of vision problem, which can affect their success in school.

According to the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, too many children with vision disorders have unmet needs for care, which may affect their learning and development. Further than that, unchecked vision problems in children can lead to permanent vision loss that may have otherwise been prevented with early screening. Read more…

About Michael A. Emerson

A Registered Ophthalmic Dispenser, Michael A. Emerson, RDO, FNAO, has served the community as a Grossmont Healthcare District board member since May 2008. He is also certified by the State Board of Medical Quality Assurance of the California Medical Board and has owned Hart Optical Company of La Mesa since 1987.