What is See To Learn?

See To Learn was developed by the Eye Care Council as a preventive program to help make sure every child’s early education is unaffected by vision problems. Through See To Learn, parents can schedule a FREE vision assessment for their 3-year-old child in a participating optometrist's office.

Kids can’t explain why the world is blurry.

Don’t wait for your little one to report vision problems. Call to get a referral for a free vision assessment for your 3-year-old. See To Learn can also help arrange an eye exam for your kindergarten student.

Clear a Path to Early Learning

See To Learn’s three-step system has helped more than 60,000 school-age children join their first classrooms free of vision-related obstacles.

Step 1:

Stay vigilant. As parents, guardians and educators, it’s up to us to recognize the signs of vision problems in the children we care for. See To Learn has the resources to keep you informed about common symptoms, which can crop up at any age.

Step 2:

Get the test. Three-year-olds are given a free vision assessment from a participating Eye Care Council optometrist. Early detection can be key: Serious conditions like amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (turned eye) require intervention before age 5.

Step 3:

Follow up. Before or during a child’s first year of school, schedule an examination with an optometrist. Every year, 25 percent of starting kindergartners have vision issues affecting their ability to learn, which may not be detected in school-performed screenings.

Spot the Warning Signs

Although some conditions have no symptoms, watch for these early indicators of potential vision problems. Speak up if you see a child displaying these behaviors – more than 80 percent of a child’s ability to learn relies on visual processing.

  • Frequent rubbing or blinking of the eyes
  • Short attention span or daydreaming
  • Poor reading skills
  • Avoiding close-up work
  • Frequent headaches
  • A drop in scholastic or sports performance
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the head when reading
  • Squinting one or both eyes
  • Placing head close to book or desk when reading or writing
  • Difficulty remembering, identifying and reproducing basic geometric forms
  • Poor hand-eye coordination

My Role Is

Parent or Guardian

Locate a participating doctor in your area, then read about what you and your child can expect when it’s time for a See to Learn vision assessment.

Early Childhood Professional

Bring See to Learn into your classroom with materials designed to engage kids while tracking their vision – from coloring sheets and stickers to care records and report cards.

Eye Care Provider

Find out how the See To Learn program can help you make a lasting impact in your community. We’ve also got the resources you’ll need to implement See To Learn in your office.

Get the Tools You Need

Educational materials for schools, parents and child care providers are available at no cost. Just click the link below and fill out a simple order form. If you’re interested in a presentation by a participating optometrist, contact the Eye Care Council at 1-800-960-EYES or email info@wordpress-650166-2198813.cloudwaysapps.com.