Italy's Commissione Difesa Vista (CDV), which promotes vision correction among the Italian people, recently performed over 600 free eye tests on the occasion of the “G! Come giocare” toy fair in Milan, held on Nov. 22-24, and the results were rather alarming. It found 26 children suffering from hyperopia, 44 from astigmatism and 12 from myopia. All pathologies were not diagnosed because none of the children had ever undergone an eye test. In addition, 82 children were advised to undergo a thorough eye examination as the test they underwent at the fair showed that they were suffering from more or less severe refractive defects. Around 10 children said that they often suffer from headaches possibly deriving from a wrong posture, which may also derive from a vision defect. About 60 percent of the children who were tested had never had an eye examination before. Today, 70 percent of Italian parents do not consider an eye test essential for their children. With the support of the Italian Ministry of Health, CDV was scheduled to hold further free eye tests in ten Italian cities on Dec. 15 and 16.