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. The child does not need to know their letters of numbers and the test is very accurate. However, it does not replace e a full eye exam. The screening merely tells us that there is a problem and that the child needs to see a specialist.
Vision Screenings Program FAQ's
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.
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 that they need to see an eye doctor and will follow up with you. If you need additional assistance our 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 wonder, optometrists and ophthalmologists are eye specialist who can provide proper 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 screened, please fill out the “form” under _____ wherever it will be and someone from our department will contact you. You can also contact us, please see contact information for more information.