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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Kids Getting a Physical? Don’t Forget Vision Screenings!

Written by
Amber Freeland
Posted in

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

For most kids, going back to school is an exciting time for new clothes, new friends, and a new year of possibilities. For students with vision problems, it can be a source of anxiety and fear. 

Vision problems can have a negative impact on a student’s success both in and out of the classroom. Nearly 80% of all learning occurs visually, hence why poor vision makes it difficult for students to read, write, see what’s on the board, or focus on their lessons. It can cause headaches that affect their mood and prevent them from participating in physical activities like sports, dance and marching band. This lack of physical activity can create a downward spiral in their physical activity levels. 

We know that poor vision can also lead to poor fitness, a problem that often stays with them well into adulthood. Poor fitness also leads to a host of other health-related problems like obesity and associated chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. With a simple eye exam, vision problems can be detected and corrected to ensure their success in the classroom and on the field. 


It’s a fact. Physical fitness is important to student achievement.

Studies using data collected from physical fitness assessments, like FitnessGram by The Cooper Institute, show that students who are fit miss fewer days of school and have greater academic success in the form of higher reading and math scores. 

We are diligent in making sure our children have supplies for the classroom and annual physicals for sports, but we often neglect to include an eye exam in that process. Let the back-to-school season serve as a reminder to schedule your child for a comprehensive eye exam, or find out if vision screening is offered to students. Correcting the eyesight of children is an investment in their academic success, athletic performance, and improved overall health so they can be physically fit and successful now and into adulthood.


The Cooper Institute collaborated with Essilor Vision Foundation and the Vision Impact Institute in an effort to support whole-child health, thanks to a generous grant from The Rosewood Foundation. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of vision screening in schools to support student success #WELLintothefuture.