How instrument-based Vision Screening helped to start the OHSU Elks Preschool Vision Screening Program

Oregon State Elks Association President Mary Williams check the vision of Alayna, a four-year-old girl, during a vision screening event organized by OHSU Elks Preschool Vision Screening Program.

Did you know currently 1 out of every 5 children is born with some kind of vision disorder? If not diagnosed before age 5, vision disorders can cause children to have difficulty with learning, self-confidence and even career choices.  In order to help children with diagnosis and treatment, the goal of the Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic is to provide some of the best eye care in the world. – An article by Lee Stark, RN, BSN

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Squinting is a risk sign in children

When babies are born they still have to learn how to see. In the beginning, it is often difficult for them to properly coordinate the movement of both eyes and to fix objects. That’s why babies squint sometimes. If strabismus occurs temporarily in the first few months, this is no cause for concern. It is properly the so-called baby squint. But parents should pay attention on how the squint develops – does it occur less or does the child still squint?

different forms of strabismus

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Back to school to-do list: About eye health and the role of Plusoptix Vision Screener

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By Jean-Christophe (JC) Firer, Plusoptix CEO

 

jc.firer@plusoptix.com

 

Learning depends on good vision.

As children get ready to head back to school, we reflect on the importance of vision for learning. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper released a proclamation recognizing the prevalence of undiagnosed and untreated vision disorders. He states that as many as one in four school-age children has vision problems. Vision problems are the most common disorders among children. Coloradoans are reminded to recognize the importance of education in children’s lives. “Parents are encouraged to have their children evaluated for vision problems to maximize their potential in the classroom,” Gov. Hickenlooper said.

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Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month: About objective, device-based vision Screening – by Evan Silverstein, MD

Objective, instrument-based Vision Screening with the Plusoptix Vision Screener

Usually, most children do not need a complete eye examination; however, all children should have serial screenings. Objective, device-based vision screening or photoscreening is an excellent way to accomplish screening in young children. With the right referral criteria in place, screenings in preschoolers can help to identify risk factors for amblyopia. Therefore, children’s screening should be performed yearly.

Recently the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus added the option of photoscreening for children ages 12 months to 36 months to its recommendations. If a child fails the screening, it is then referred to an eye care provider for a complete eye examination with dilation.1 Not all children who have a refractive error will need to wear glasses; the treatment will depend on their individual situation and factors such as age and the level of risk for developing amblyopia.

Therefore, it is crucial that there is a follow through when a child  is referred with a “Refer” screening result for a complete exam. Communication is key throughout this process, starting with the person who performs the vision screening.

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