Pediatric Vision Screening

Noelle S. Matta, CO, CRC, COT; David I. Silbert, MD, FAAP


Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2014;54(3):41-53. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Pediatric vision screening is intended to identify children with vision disorders including amblyopia, strabismus, significant refractive error, or other eye abnormalities. Vision screening can be carried out in community settings such as health fairs, preschools, grade schools, or can be carried out in medical homes. There are a variety of pediatric vision screening methods for programs to choose between, depending on the age of the children they plan to screen, the environment they are screening in, and the amount of money they have to invest. One of the keys to a successful pediatric vision screening program is ensuring that children who are identified as having potential amblyopia risk factors receive a complete pediatric ophthalmology examination, including a dilated fundus examination, a cycloplegic refraction, and fundus examination by an ophthalmologist comfortable with children.