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Vision Screening

February 1, 2011

Vision Screening Won’t Detect Vision Problems in School-Aged Children

Every test a child passes at school is a cause for celebration, but parents need to know there’s one “test” that isn’t really a test at all.

This test is the school vision screening. Many parents think that passing the school vision screening means their child has perfect vision. This is not so.

Parents also rely on pediatricians, assuming the pediatrician does a thorough vision analysis, but most pediatricians just check visual acuity (how well you see at a distance). It takes a complete eye exam by an optometrist to get an accurate picture of your child’s eye health and vision status.

What makes it difficult is that children don’t complain because they think everyone sees the way they do. We recommend that children have their first eye exam by age one, another at age three, again at age five and annually thereafter. This helps to assure that vision problems can be caught and treated on a timely basis.

Children’s vision examinations should at least include tests for:

  • Eye health
  • Visual acuity
  • Eye alignment
  • Refractive assessment (to determine if your child needs vision correction)

The best way to prepare your child for an eye exam is to find a child-friendly office. A kid-friendly environment makes children more comfortable.