Vision screenings at school are important to determine how the child's eyes are developing and if they have any problems. However not all vision screenings are the same, at Amplify EyeCare we offer schools developmental vision screenings which identify a wider range of vision problems including reduced visual acuity at near and far and poor eye teaming and tracking skills, which can hinder their academic success. Learn about our free developmental school vision screenings.
They are very crucial because they are often the first line of defense for vision problems, and help diagnose any issues a child may have. Children don't always realize what they're experiencing isn't normal, and this can hinder their academic success, because 80% of learning is visual. Therefore, it is important that these children have a healthy and functioning visual system.
The developmental school vision screenings conducted by our team are truly unique because, unlike standard vision screenings, which usually only look at visual acuity using a standard eye chart, or the ability to see something that is 20 feet away. Our team examines the child’s ability to see close up, far away, various vision functions, their eye teaming skills, and whether they have any binocularity issues.
We start off by having someone from our office contact the schools to schedule a time and date for the school vision screening. Our office will then send out consent forms to the school, which the parent will have to sign so that their child can participate in the school vision screening, as well as authorize us to share healthcare information.
Upon signing of the consent forms, the school vision screening is set up, and one or more of our eye doctors along with a vision therapist or another staff member will go to the school to perform the vision screening.
We conduct a variety of tests.
The aim of the developmental school screening is to identify students who may have an undetected vision problem who then should schedule either a pediatric eye exam or developmental eye exam.
As soon as the test is completed and the screening is completed, all the information is entered into the computer into a folder for each patient.
In the folder, we have a summary page where we discuss all the different findings we obtained for that patient. When we have the specific findings and results from each of the tests that we conducted, we inform the parents whether the findings were age-appropriate within normal limits, or if further testing is necessary. In some cases we will identify signs of a developmental or functional vision problem that requires a more advanced eye exam, in that case we would recommend that to the parents. If the child has a minus prescription or myopia, we would recommend that they visit a pediatric optometrist who can do a comprehensive eye exam and discuss the importance of myopia management with the parents.
Upon completion, we send the results to the school, and the school forwards them to the parents.