Vision Screening for Young Children

Good vision is important for learning. If a child has an uncorrected vision problem, it can be harder for them to learn when they start school. Vision screening helps find potential issues early so they can be fixed. 

Head Start programs are required to do evidence-based vision screening. If you find a possible vision issue during the screening, it’s important to make sure the child gets a referral to the care they need. Three new resources will help you learn more about vision screening and referrals, including:

·       Tips for Head Start staff who conduct the screening 

·       Strategies to prepare families for their child’s screening 

·       Information about optotype-based screening, the most common type of vision screening for children ages 3 to 5 

·       Taking the right steps toward a referral to an eye specialist

Access the Resources

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·       Vision Screening for Young Children

·       Optotype-based Vision Screenings

·       Vision Screening Referrals

Related Resources

Explore related resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) to learn more.

·       Vision Screening and Eye Health for Toddlers in Head Start Programs 

·       Vision Resources

·       Children’s Vision Health Information for Staff and Families

All ECLKC pages are translated into Spanish. Select the Español button on the top right corner to see the Spanish translation.

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