Why are regular vision screenings important?
- To identify children who may be at high risk for an eye problem and need a complete eye examination.
- To help detect a possible eye problem early when treatment is likely more effective.
- To learn valuable information about your child’s eye health.
When should your child receive a vision screening?
- For the first time as early as age 1 during his/her well-child visit
- At least once between 3-5 years old by his/her primary healthcare provider or a trained screener
- Annually in kindergarten through fourth grade and every other year after that
Where can your child can get a vision screening?
- At pediatrician’s offices and other healthcare settings during well-child visits
- At educational settings such as Head Start, preschool programs, elementary schools
- At community settings such as libraries and health fairs
What should be included in your child’s vision screening?
Note: A vision screening is not necessary for children with certain developmental delays that cause difficulties with language and speech, motor skills, behavior, memory, learning, or other neurological functions. Instead, eye doctors recommend that all children with these types of delays receive a comprehensive eye exam.
Vision screening is covered for every child under age 21 by AHCCCS (Medicaid); under age 19 by KidsCare, and most private insurance plans. Check with your insurance plan for information. Find more information here.
You may find information about children’s 8 key vision development milestones here.
*Source: National Eye Institute