What is a Vision Screening?
Vision screening is an efficient and cost-effective method to identify children with visual problems or eye conditions that are likely to lead to vision loss so that a referral can be made to an appropriate eye care professional for further evaluation and treatment.
How is a Vision Screening Performed?
There are a number of methods used to screen a child's vision. The method chosen is largely dependent on the age of the child being screened and the experience of the examiner. For additional information on how vision screenings may be performed, please visit the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus website.
Where can I get a Vision Screening in Ohio?
The Ohio Department of Health has specific guidelines for completing vision screenings each year for preschool and K-12 students. As part of that requirement school-aged students that do not pass the vision screening will be referred on for an additional exam. For additional information, please visit the Ohio Department Health’s website. If your child does not receive one through their school, vision screenings can be completed through your child’s pediatrician.
The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has provided a vision screening recommendations list. Included in the list are tests for children ages newborn through 5-years and older. A printable PDF document is available to download.