What do I do if my child fails a vision screening? – Children's Eye Foundation of AAPOS

What do I do if my child fails a vision screening?


It’s that time of year and as kids are either back in school, or headed there soon, it’s important to make sure they’ve got everything they need to have the best year yet. Ensuring their vision is healthy is a big part of that. Over the next few weeks, CEF will help answer some of the most pressing questions a parent might have about how to know their child is ready!


The Children’s Eye Foundation thanks Dr. Daniel Karr, Chair AAP Section on Ophthalmology & Director, Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, Oregon Health & Science University, & Dr. Stephen Christiansen, Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine for contributing to this blog post.

What if my child fails a screening?

Over the last several weeks we have talked a lot about how important it is for your child to have their vision screened starting at an early age. And the prospect of your child being one that might fail that screening is scary, but it’s important to know what to do. When caught early, many problems or conditions can be easily treated.

No one wants to hear their child has an abnormal result for a medical test and vision screening tests are no exception. An abnormal vision screening test usually results in a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist to determine what the problem is. Although this means having to take the time to schedule and meet with an eye doctor, it is incredibly important for your child’s eye health to be accurately evaluated. And if a genuine problem exists, the pediatric ophthalmologist can treat your child and help solve the problem for almost every condition.


What kind of problem could it be?

Problems range from the simple, the child needs glasses, to the complex, such as misalignment of the eyes, amblyopia, or some other eye health issue. The examination may even determine that no treatment is necessary at this time, but follow-up at a later date is recommended. In rare cases, there are untreatable vision loss conditions and even life threatening diseases that may be diagnosed after a failed vision screening exam. But even in these cases, the quality and preservation of life are greatly improved by early detection.

Bottom line, though, is that an eye specialist trained in the care of children is best qualified to adequately assess all of the possibilities. So…..see a pediatric ophthalmologist!

Here’s a great resource if you need help finding one in your area!

To learn more about vision screening, visit Seemore.Today and download our Parent’s Guide!

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