Effectiveness of Training Teachers in Vision Screening of School Children Supported by Foundation for the Prevention of Disability
Sudha Nittur Manjunatha, Rukmini Krishnaswamy
Foundation for the Prevention of Disability
Annals of Community Health
A training programme was conducted by an ophthalmologist for 7 primary school teachers regarding common eye diseases in childhood and how to use a number chart designed to Snellen’s specifications.
1814 eyes of 907 children were screened by both teacher and optometrist whereas in 1255 (69 %) eyes, there was no difference in the recording of visual acuity of children.
In 499 eyes, a false positive result was recorded, i.e., teacher recorded worse vision than the optometrist. In majority of these cases, (408 eyes) 81.76% the difference was by one line only.
This pilot study has shown us that it is possible to teach vision recording in a short period of time. The authors believe the entire chart should be used for recording rather than just the 6/9 line so that teachers come to know about the severity of the visual loss and can pay particular attention to those with uni-ocular loss and severe visual loss.