How Does Vision Develop?
Good vision develops early in life as a result of normal use of the eyes. Although infants can see at birth, vision gradually improves as use of the eyes increases. During the early childhood years, the visual system is in a changeable state and continues to develop with proper use of the eyes. However, if the eyes are not used to capacity, visual ability decreases. After the first 10 years, development of the visual system remains unchanged, whether it is used or not.
Eye Disorders Are Common
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11 million Americans aged 12 years and older could improve their vision through proper refractive correction. More than 3.3 million Americans aged 40 years and older are either legally blind or have low vision. The leading causes of blindness and low vision in the United States are primarily age-related eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Other common eye disorders include amblyopia and strabismus.
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