Health experts have said that vision checks must be ensured for all young children with an effective follow up system.
They said that between age 36 and 72 months must undergo vision health screening every year. They suggest that doctors must use evidence-based test methods and effective follow up.
A national panel at the National Center for Children’s Vision Health have recommended these steps to improve vision health among younger children. Experts said young children, who are to join school, must undergo screening for early detection of vision problems like refractive error, amblyopia and strabismus.
Anthony Adams, editor-in-chief of Optometry and Vision Science that published the study, said, “Unfortunately, many children receive neither appropriate screening to help identify those who need immediate eye attention, nor a comprehensive examination by an eye care professional prior to beginning school.”
An earlier study conducted by Advance Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai, Dr Vandana Jain revealed that eye problems in kids is on the rise. They pointed out that diagnosis and referral to an optometrist or ophthalmologist can majorly impact school readiness and child development.