From birth until the age of about seven, the brain is developing the ability to see. There are several problems that can interfere with the development of sight during the early years of childhood. Vision screening permits for early detection of children at risk and allows them to receive the help they need to foster visual development.

Treatment delay may result in a lower chance of success. Seeking proper treatment at a young age is important because conditions are treatable, if caught early.

Our program uses a photorefractive screener. The device takes a picture of the child’s eye and gives a pass/refer result within seconds. The device is effective for children because there is no touch to the eye; the child merely looks into a colorful screen for a few seconds. However, it does not replace a full eye exam. The screening merely tells us that there is a problem and that the child needs to see a specialist.

The child does not need to know their letters or numbers in order to complete the vision screening.  Results are not impacted.

If your child is referred at the vision screening, he/she will need a complete eye exam that includes a dilated exam and cycloplegic refraction. Your child’s school will give you a form which states tthe child needs to see an eye doctor and will follow up with you. If you need additional assistance, our program coordinator from our program will work with you.

No, we highly recommend that you your take your child to your local optometrist or pediatric ophthalmologist and not your primary care physician. Although your primary care doctor is able to diagnose common health conditions, optometrists and ophthalmologists are eye specialists who can provide the appropriate vision assessment and treatment for your child. If you are not sure where to take your child, our team can assist you.

If you are interested in getting your school children screened, please complete our vision screening interest form and a representative from our department will contact you. You can also contact us for more information.