SEE – Children's Eye Foundation of AAPOS

Instrument-based vision screening makes it possible to eliminate thousands of preventable or correctable causes of vision loss in children.

“Ensuring that people receive proper visual acuity screenings and preventive eye care services and adhere to effective eye protection practices would eliminate thousands of preventable or correctable cases of vision impairment that result each year from amblyopia and eye injuries… Failure of the United States to address these sources of preventable suffering and disparity is simply not acceptable.”

–  Vision for Tomorrow Report, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

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A New Standard of Care is Possible in 2017

“The evolution of instrument based screening technology is a real game-changer – effective preschool vision screening is now easily doable. If we work together to implement this screening we will all be much more effective in our mission to eliminate preventable vision loss in children.”

–Jack Baker, MD, Past Chairman, Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS

4 Reasons Why

1   The AAP recommends preschool instrument-based vision screening beginning at ages 1-3.

2   Instrument-based vision screening has been extensively validated in multiple randomized, controlled clinical studies.

3   It is quick and easy – as simple as taking a photo with a digital camera.

4   CPT codes are available for billing

Your pediatric ophthalmology colleagues drafted this “Guide to Instrument-Based Vision Screening in Children” to offer practical considerations, including referral criteria and reimbursement, when incorporating instrument-based screening in a pediatric practice.

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“I invite you to check out this wonderful CEF/FAAPOS resource on instrument-based vision screening which complements the recently updated joint policy statement on vision screening. It was authored by AAPOS members Sean Donahue, Geoff Bradford, Millicent Peterseim, David Epley, and Robert Arnold and was recently endorsed by the AAP. I encourage you to share it with your local community pediatricians and family practitioners and educate them on the latest ways to screen young children at an age when screening has typically been the most challenging and yet the rewards of detecting and treating amblyopia the greatest.”
– Robert Wiggins, MD, MHA, 2016–2017 AAPOS President


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About Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS

Since 1970, Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS has been dedicated to the elimination of preventable vision loss in children. Eye problems in children are common. These problems can lead to permanent vision loss and impair the ability to learn and lead healthy lives. CEF/FAAPOS, the foundation of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), provides educational, research and public service programs that:


  • Improve detection and timely referral of eye problems in children
  • Help parents and families of children diagnosed with an eye disorder
  • Advance the quality of children’s eye care by supporting pediatric ophthalmology education and research, both in the USA and internationally
  • Recognize distinguished achievements and service in pediatric ophthalmology


Childhood Vision Screening Awareness Programs

Screen Eyes Early (SEE)
Experts recommend every child’s eyes be screened routinely starting between 12 months and 3 years of age during routine well-child check-ups to identify children who may benefit from early intervention. Without screening, these problems can go undetected until irreversible vision loss has occurred. This program promotes screening guidelines and educates pediatricians, primary care doctors, educators, school nurses and parents about key facts to improve the current rate of screening and compliance with follow-up referrals.