Ask about Vision Screening at your next Pediatrician visit!
The Children’s Eye Foundation is grateful to Richmond Pediatrics for helping us share the important message that vision screening is so important!
Vision screening of young children is challenging but vitally important to the health of our patients. As pediatricians, we know that much of learning occurs visually. At our practice, Richmond Pediatrics near Seattle, WA, we are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date care and are excited to be using instrument-based vision screening.
If amblyopia is detected early, it can be treated, leading to fewer kids and adults with poor vision.
As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best care, we began vision photoscreening of our young patients in July. Before age 4, most kids are too young for a visual acuity test, or using a eye chart. Instead, physicians would rely on parent concerns and physical examination skills to detect amblyopia. Now, at ages 1, 2, and 3 years old, children can be screened with an instrument-based vision photoscreener which evaluates the eye and sees what we may not be able to see on exam. It does not require the cooperation of the children and takes just minutes to perform. It’s like taking a picture with a smartphone. We have been delighted by the ease and efficiency of this process. If the screen identifies risk factors for amblyopia, we refer these kids to be evaluated by optometry, general ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology.
Parents appreciate the opportunity to possibly avoid poor vision in their children.
We are excited to use a proven and recommended tool to detect vision issues in young children. As pediatricians, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide the best care to our patients with vision photoscreening and look forward to continuing to provide annual vision screening for all children starting at age 1.