A vision screening is a systematic approach to identifying individuals with potential vision problems. Vision screening does not take the place of a complete eye examination; only an eye care professional can provide an examination.
The purpose is to identify and refer individuals with potential vision problems to an eye care professional or primary care provider for further examination, diagnosis, and if necessary, treatment and follow-up.
- Identifies individuals at high risk or in need of a professional examination through risk assessment and vision screening tests
- May detect disorders in early, treatable stage
- Provides individuals with valuable information and education about eye care
- Results in a referral to an eye care professional or primary care provider
- Examines individuals for eye disorders and diseases
- Diagnose eye disorders and diseases
- Prescribes treatment
Untreated vision problems can lead to:
- Permanent loss of vision
- Learning difficulties
- Delayed sensory and social-emotional development