How effective are eye screenings at schools?

Vision tests given in school are quick eye screenings, not a thorough eye examination done by a professional.  School vision screenings test for only 20 to 30% of all vision problems that may affect learning.  Often times, the school screenings are testing distance vision only.  This may be able to tell whether or not the child can read the blackboard, but not whether they can read a book.  Unfortunately, some children who pass vision screenings at school may have serious vision problems.  A comprehensive eye exam can detect problems such as lazy eye, near and farsightedness.  Give your child the tools they need for a successful new school year; schedule an eye exam today.

According to the American Optometric Association, parents can help identify vision problems by watching for the following warning signs:

  • An eye turning inward, outward, upward or downward frequently
  • Bumping into objects
  • Red eyes or eye lids
  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Turning or tilting head to use one eye only
  • Encrusted eyelids
  • Frequent eye styes
  • Avoiding coloring, puzzles, or detailed activities
  • Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination
  • Avoiding close work
  • Holding reading material closer than normal
  • Headaches
  • Making frequent reversals when reading or writing
  • Using a finger to maintain place when reading
  • Omitting or confusing small words when reading
  • Consistently performing below potential
  • Behavioral problems
Here is a video from Bill Nye the Science Guy and the American Optometric Association.

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