LA CROSSE, WI -

Getting kids ready for school means getting an eye exam.

Kids in Wisconsin are required to get an eye exam before entering kindergarten.

Schools offer eye screenings which may pick up obvious signs such as a child who can't read a book or a blackboard. But a comprehensive exam can pick up more subtle problems such as eye misalignment or asymmetry.

Having good vision can help for not only reading, but also hand-eye coordination

Health experts say 80% of what we learn in our first 12 years of schooling is visual. "Children are now coming in the door at 3 and 4 reading already so as a parent you would hope that you would want to have your child to have equal opportunity and not have their vision be an obstacle to them learning," said Gundersen Optometrist John Sterling.

If a child passes their first eye exam, they should get rechecked every two to five years.