Preschool Vision Screening Training

Approximately 80 percent of what a child learns is learned visually.  Early detection and treatment of vision disorders are important to maximize a child’s visual potential.  The longer eye conditions are left untreated, the more likely they are to worsen, affecting learning ability, athletic performance and self-esteem.  Nationally, only 38% of three year olds are screened for vision problems.  

Well-child check ups offer the primary care provider an opportunity, on a yearly basis, to screen the child’s vision for potential vision problems that can worsen and become more difficult to successfully treat if left until age six or seven. According to the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, vision screening by primary care clinicians is one of the 25 preventive health services that offers the greatest potential for preventing future disease as well as for improving quality of life.  Increasing the use of proven preventive services, such as vision screening, will result in fewer people suffering from diseases that could have been prevented at early stages.

To increase the visual quality of life for Ohio’s children and adults, Prevent Blindness Ohio is offering FREE 4 hour trainings that will provide instruction on how to perform preschool vision screenings. Information is also provided on how to access sources for free/low cost eye wear and eye exams for medically indigent patients.

Upon successful completion of the training, as well as a two-hour homework component, participants are eligible to receive free vision screening equipment.  The preschool equipment includes:

  • Lea Symbol Chart for Screening for visual acuity
  • Model A Good-Lite Visual Acuity cabinet
  • Random Dot E stereopsis test
  • Assorted children’s vision care resources and brochures.

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Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Child and Family Health Services,
Save Our Sight Program