Schools: Washington State Vision Screening Tutorials


Washington State training & resource center for meeting the new vision screening requirements

Start with the following video:

Washington State Vision Screening Tutorial

Version 1.0 Aug. 11, 2017
Sponsored by: Optometric Physicians of Washington


Quick Start Instructions for Washington State Vision Screening [PDF Download]:

(These documents are developed to mirror the video tutorial in a quick and easy printed format)

Kindergarten Quick Start Screening Guide
First Grade Quick Start Screening Guide
Second&UP Quick Start Screening Guide

Washington State vision screening recording form [PDF Download to be developed soon]

Example Referral Letter for parents [English: Word Doc] [ Spanish: Word Doc] [Other languages?]


GOING BEYOND THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Exploring the role of vision screening in detecting vision issues that impact student learning

Vision Screening Tutorial:
Part 1: Near Vision Function: Preparing Children for Vision Demands of Classrooms and Learning.

A presentation by Dr. Alan Pearson at the IECC conference, May 5th, 2017, Tacoma WA, by Alan P Pearson, OD MEd Phd FCOVD.


Vision Screening Tutorial:
Part 2: Near Vision Function: Preparing Children for Vision Demands of Classrooms and Learning.

A presentation by Dr. Alan Pearson at the IECC conference, May 5th, 2017, Tacoma WA, by Alan P Pearson, OD MEd Phd FCOVD.


All of the tools you need for the screening as described in the screening videos are contained in the following kit:

Washington State Vision Screening Kit by Good-Lite / School Health Corporation


Vision Issues in Children & Vision Screening

25% of children have vision issues impacting their learning. For one million school kids, that is 250,000 students in need.
  • About 90,000 need eyeglasses for nearsightedness/myopia DISTANCE VISION & NEAR ACUITY SCREENING WILL DETECT THESE STUDENTS.
  • About 130,000 need eyeglasses for farsightedness/hyperopia. DISTANCE & NEAR VISION ACUITY SCREENING WILL MISS MOST OF THESE STUDENTS.
  • 20,000 have amblyopia or “lazy eye”. DISTANCE & NEAR VISION ACUITY SCREENING WILL DETECT THESE STUDENTS.
  • 30,000 have strabismus or an eye turn. DISTANCE & NEAR VISION ACUITY SCREENING WILL MISS MOST OF THESE STUDENTS.
  • 50,000 have binocular/eye focusing instability like convergence insufficiency. DISTANCE & NEAR VISION ACUITY SCREENING WILL MISS MOST OF THESE STUDENTS.

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Vision Screening: DECISION TREE

  1. Ask: "Have you ever had an eye exam by an eye doctor” Show picture
    Answers:   YES   NOT SURE   NO
  2. Be Aware: Is the child struggling in school, on an IEP, developmentally delayed, learning disabled, or have a neuropsychological condition or behavioral issue? (School nurse or principal would know)"
    Answers:   YES   NOT SURE   NO
  3. FIRST REFERRAL DECISION POINT: If #1 is NO and #2 is YES, then a referral is recommended regardless of pass/fail on any further screening.

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