Children who are blind or visually impaired can be very diverse. For example, they may:
- Be totally blind or have varying degrees of low vision,
- Have a stable or degenerative visual impairment,
- Be born with a visual impairment or may have acquired a visual impairment later in life,
- Have additional disabilities, including autism, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, among others, or
- Demonstrate vision-related issues that have an adverse impact on their performance.
Vision screening and eye exams are essential for detecting a visual impairment. A vision screening alone does not indicate the presence of a vision loss. The results may signal a need for more assessments to determine a visual impairment. The information gathered through screening becomes the baseline for what an optometrist or ophthalmologist may address in a follow-up exam. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of any degree of vision loss helps improve communication and connection with the world.
Find a Doctor of Optometry
Search for an optometrist in your area using the American Optometrist Association database to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Vision Screening Recommendations
Check vision screening recommendations, including tests for children ages newborn through 5 years and older from the American Association for Pediatric. Ophthalmology adn Strabismus.
No Cost Eye Assessments for Infants
Locate an optometrist through the InfantSee program for infants ages 6-12 months.
Requirements for Hearing and Vision Screening in Schools
Review screening guidelines for preschool and school-aged children from the Ohio Department of Health.