An Exciting Project. A Vital Mission.
Fraydo the Dragon: A Very Big Problem© is an exciting project with a vital mission: To raise awareness of childhood vision problems and the positive impact of early detection.
A Positive Impact. A Positive Change.
Whether you are an educator or parent within the community, you can help drive deeper vision health conversations by simply being aware of the following vision health facts:
- The importance of early, poor-vision detection:
- Young eyes change quickly, and prompt treatment is needed in order to prevent, correct, or stabilize any vision issue.
- Any undetected vision issue can compromise not only a child’s academic success and joy of learning but also his social confidence.
- 80% of what children learn is visual and solid vision is imperative to keeping up in the classroom and on the playground.
- That vision problems among children often go undiagnosed and uncorrected.
- One in four school-age children have a vision problem. And yet, two-thirds of our children do not receive an eye exam by an eye doctor before they begin school.
- Many common eye conditions that affect reading and learning go undetected by the pediatrician’s vision screenings.
- Prioritize your child’s comprehensive eye exam.
- Young eyes develop rapidly. A child without any risk factors should be first examined by a pediatric (or qualified) optometrist or ophthalmologist between 6 and 12 months of age, around age 3, before first grade, and every two years afterward unless a vision problem has been detected.
Vision Fact Sources include: Prevent Blindness America, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, The National Eye Institute, The Children’s Eye Foundation. This website nor the Fraydo the Dragon book is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of your child’s doctor. The reader should regularly consult a pediatrician in matters relating to his/her child’s health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.