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50 percent of all blindness is preventable.

One in every four school-age children and one in 20 preschool-age children has an undiagnosed vision disorder.
Left untreated, vision problems can trigger learning or behavioral problems in children and a loss of independence, increased injuries and depression in adults.  

A study conducted in 1999 by Dr. Joel Zaba and Roger A. Johnson proves a strong correlation between vision problems and illiteracy:  of the illiterate population studied, 74 percent had undetected visual disorders. In some instances, letting these disorders go unchecked can cause permanent vision loss and unnecessary blindness. 

Prevent Blindness Indiana offers many programs to help ensure good vision to Indiana residents. Click on the links at the left to learn more. 

Checklist of indications that you or your child might need a professional eye exam:


  • Crossed or misaligned eyes
  • Red-rimmed, encrusted or swollen eyelids 
  • Inflamed or watery eyes
  • Recurring sties (infections) on eyelids
  • Presence of white pupil in color photo 


  • Rubs eyes excessively
  • Shuts or covers one eye
  • Tilts or thrusts head forward
  • Has difficulty with reading or other close-up work; holds objects close to eyes
  • Blinks more than usual and is irritable when doing close-up work
  • Is unable to see distant things clearly
  • Squints eyelids together or frowns


  • Eyes itch, burn or feel scratchy
  • Cannot see well
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dizziness, headaches or nausea following close-up work

Learn more at Prevent Blindness America's Vision Learning Center.
For information specific to your child's vision and reading, discover more at Children's Vision Information Network