All children should have vision health screening

17 December 2014

An expert panel has recommended that all children have a vision health screening between three and six years old.

Published in the Optometry and Vision Science journal, the recommendations state that children need screening at this relatively young age to spot the early signs of vision problems, which could lead to them needing glasses or extra intervention.
This is important as prompt diagnosis and referral to an eye care professional can have major implications on a child's development.

The National Expert Panel to The National Center for Children's Vision Health makes recommendations for ensuring eye and vision health in young children, including specific guidance for screening tests and the screening process. 

Two screening methods are outlined in the recommendations, along with clear definitions of what would constitute a pass or fail. The Panel identifies two "best practice" screening tests: visual acuity testing with eye charts and instrument-based testing using equipment called an autorefractor. 

"Unfortunately, many children receive neither appropriate screening to help identify those who need immediate eye attention, nor a comprehensive examination by an eye care professional prior to beginning school," said Anthony Adams, editor-in-chief of Optometry and Vision Science. 

Posted by Phillip Briggs 

 

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