About Vision Screenings

Vision screenings throughout childhood

What is Automated Vision Screening?
Automated vision screening is used to identify children with visual impairment or eye conditions that are likely to lead to visual impairment so that a referral can be made to an appropriate eye care professional for further evaluation and treatment.

When Should My Child Have a Vision Screening?
Vision screening is most effective when performed periodically throughout childhood. The earlier a problem is detected, the better the chance to obtain maximal vision through appropriate treatment. The first vision screening takes place in the nursery when the doctor or practitioner inspects the newborn’s eye, pupil and red reflex. We perform the first instrument-based vision screening at 6 months of age. The child’s practitioner continues to perform age appropriate vision screenings through infancy and childhood in addition to vision screening that is offered at day care, school or church.

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