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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

The Effect of an On-Site Vision Examination on Adherence to Vision Screening Recommendations

AUTHOR:

Show less Raymond Chu, OD, MS, Kristine Huang, OD, MPH, Carmen Barnhardt, OD, MS, , Angela Chen, OD, MS

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLICATION:

The Journal of School Nursing

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Vision screenings are intended to efficiently identify students with possible visual impairment and initiate a referral for diagnosis and treatment.

  • In many cases, at-risk students do not access the recommended care or experience delays in receiving care.

  • The purpose of this article is to report the effect on adherence to vision screening recommendations by providing the eye examination at the students’ school and at no cost.

  • Of the 1,306 students screened, 382 (29.2%) were identified with possible visual impairment.

  • Our vision screening and examination program yielded similar adherence to follow-up as stand-alone vision screening programs.

  • Future program considerations should address perceptual barriers that may be contributing to parental nonadherence to vision screening recommendations.