A vision screening at school or as part of a general physical check-up is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.
• Frequently conducted in a school setting
• Tests the child’s ability to read and see letters at a distance of 20 feet.
• Near vision is not usually tested. Visual efficiency is not tested.
• May indicate a potential need for further evaluations by an eye doctor.
• Conducted by school nurse, lay person, or pediatrician.
Comprehensive Eye Exam
• Utilizes diagnostic tools and does not require the child to know or read the alphabet.
• Tests for visual conditions such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism.
• Tests for eye focusing, coordination and tracking, depth judgment and accurate color vision.
• Performed by an eye doctor, either an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
How do you know if your child has a vision
If your child displays any of the following, you may want to obtain a comprehensive eye exam.
• Dislike or avoidance of reading
• Short attention span
• Poor coordination when throwing or catching a ball, copying from chalkboard, or tying shoes.
• Placing his or her head close to books or sitting close to the TV
• Excessive blinking or eye rubbing
• Using a finger or pencil to guide eyes
• Decreasing performance in school