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Screenings and Exams

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What is a screening?

A vision screening, often done by a school nurse or medical staff, measures how well a child can see, plus may identify vision problems. If the child needs vision correction or a vision problem is suspected, the child is referred to an eye care professional for a comprehensive vision exam. A vision screening does not detect all eye problems or diseases and does not take the place of a vision exam.

What is an eye exam?

An eye exam is done by an eye care professional and includes a series of tests that measures a child’s vision plus overall eye function and health. The vision exam also detects vision problems and eye disease. During the exam, correction such as eyeglasses, treatment for vision problems or eye disease may be prescribed.

When should my child have an eye exam?

A professional eye examination for every child, including those who do not show any signs of eye trouble, is recommended shortly after birth, at 6 months of age, before entering school (age 3 or 4) and periodically throughout the school years. Eye exams are extremely important since some eye problems have no signs or symptoms. As a child continues to grow, the eyes continue to change and there are more visual demands that may bring out some potential problems.

What is the goal of the Save Our Sight Program?

The goal of the Save Our Sight Program is to ensure children in Ohio have good vision and healthy eyes. The Save Our Sight Program accomplishes this through the early identification of children with vision problems and the promotion of good eye health and safety.


Last Reviewed: 11/02/2016