New Recommended Vision Health Procedures for Preschoolers

The national expert panel of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health has released its official recommendations for guidelines of preschool vision screening and eye health procedures. Vision Care Specialists’ staff has extensive experience in family eye care, specifically children and strongly supports the newly published procedures for preschoolers. The panel has formed a comprehensive three-tiered approach aimed at providing quality vision screening and care to children ages 36-72 months.

The recommendations from the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health focus on the following three objectives:

  1. Appropriate techniques for vision screening within the age group
  2. The creation of a data system to track vision screening and eye exams
  3. Recommendations for the development of state and national performance measures

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health has written an overview of their objectives as well as three in-depth papers, one about each objective.  Plus you can visit the Center’s website to read the complete list of recommendations.

What you should know for your family’s health is that preschool age children between 36 and 72 months should begin annual vision screenings. The panel recommends monocular acuity testing or instrument based testing, specially adapted for preschool age children.

These measures and guidelines were developed to try to work towards all preschool age kids being regularly and appropriately screened for eye and vision problems. The overall goal of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health’s recommendations is to make sure preschool age children are on track for a lifetime of healthy vision and regular eye exams.

“A vision screening is a great first step to saving vision and putting our kids on a path of healthy development,” said Hugh R. Parry, president, and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “But that is only one step in the continuum of vision health for children. There also must be mechanisms in place to make sure that screenings are administered effectively and that the children are receiving follow-up care. By putting forth these recommendations, the National Expert Panel is providing an excellent approach to helping our kids achieve a lifetime of healthy vision while improving public health surveillance and program impacts.”

How To Use This Information

If you haven’t started your preschoolers or school-aged children on a regular vision care regime, now is the time to start. Vision Care Specialists has 40 years of experience in complete family and children eye care. For all of you and your family’s vision care needs, schedule an appointment today at 303-991-9600 or schedule online.