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Raleigh Preschoolers Participate In Vision Screenings

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RALEIGH — Even if they cannot read yet, some preschoolers are learning that good vision is very important.

More than 150 Smart Start preschoolers got their eyes checked in Raleigh as part of Children's Vision Awareness Day.

Each year North Carolina screens thousands of youngsters for lazy eye, nearsightedness and farsightedness. When caught early, these problems can be corrected, which has a big impact on kids and how they learn.

"It's absolutely pivotal to a youngster's quality of learning. Quality of learning in turn has lifelong consequences," says Mike Ward, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction.

North Carolina screens nearly half a million children each year in grades K through 6 for vision problems.

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