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 Issues Impacting Development & Learning: Birth to Five, PART 1

Presented by Alan Pearson, OD MEd PhD FCOVD at the Infant and Early Childhood Conference in May of 2018
Version 1.0 Aug. 22, 2018
Sponsored by: The Center For Children's Vision Learning, & Technology at the UW, Bothell

In this presentation Dr. Alan Pearson is talking about common vision issues in children and what conditions are likely to be missed by vision screenings. He is highlighting the importance of Eye Exams and gives suggestions for a better way of conducting a vision screening. Many Vision Issues impacting a child's development and learning ideally should be found and addressed in the birth to five range. This presentation sorts out the important vision issues to screen for and the best age to find and refer. It discusses how important it is for professionals to share a common message when communicating to parents about the importance of vision in development & learning, and how and when pediatric eye exams by optometrists or ophthalmologists are best completed. This is Part 1 of Dr. Pearson's presentation.




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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