Effectiveness of Using Teachers to Screen Eyes of School-Going Children in Satna District of Madhya Pradesh, India
Anand Sudhan, Arun Pandey, Suresh Pandey, Praveen Srivastava, Kamta Prasad Pandey, Bhudhendra Kumar Jain
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of teachers in a vision screening program for children in classes 5th to 12th attending school in two blocks of a district of north central India.
Five hundred and thirty teachers from 530 schools enrolled 77,778 children in the project and screened 68,833 (88.50%) of enrolled children.
Teachers referred 3,822 children (4.91%) with eye defects for further examination by the ophthalmic assistant who confirmed eye defects in 1242 children (1.80% of all screened children).
Ophthalmic assistants identified 57.97% referrals as false positives and 6.08% children as false negatives from the random sample of normal children.
Spectacles were prescribed to 39.47% of children confirmed with eye defects.
Primary vision screening by teachers has effectively reduced the workload of ophthalmic assistants.