Eye experts say standard school screenings are not enough to ensure students see well

For Miami Herald.

Not too long ago, kids who wore glasses were made fun of with names like “Poindexter” or “four-eyes.” But thanks to celebrities like Johnny Depp, Tina Fey and LeBron James, glasses have become hip and even considered a fashion statement.

“Some kids actually make up not seeing well to get glasses when they are actually seeing perfect,” said Dr. James Hagen, an optometrist in Kendall. “The old stigma is not true anymore.”

This may come as a form of relief for parents with kids who don’t see well and need glasses to do well in school, as their numbers are increasing.

According to the American Optometric Association, nearly 25 percent of school-age children have vision problems and are not receiving adequate professional eye and vision care. Only about one-third of all children have an eye examination or vision screening prior to entering school.

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