School Vision Screening

20/20 is Not Enough!

Elementary StudentsThe vast majority of school and pediatrician screenings are inadequate. They only test visual acuity (clarity of sight), and studies have shown that this method will miss up to 75% of learning related vision problems.

Being able to see small letters on a distant vision chart or a blackboard does not predict whether children can use their eyes efficiently during close centered reading and schoolwork.

A much better school vision screening method is the Visual Efficiency Rating, or VERA. VERA is designed to be administered by school nurses, and contains a routine vision screening as well as specialized tests of eye teaming, focusing and tracking skills. Dr. Gallaway conducted a large recent study that showed VERA to be very effective in detecting these problems in a school setting. Schools are starting to use VERA with very promising results, but more widespread use of VERA would prevent many children’s vision problems from being undetected. 20/20 is not nearly enough when it comes to the visual skills needed for reading and schoolwork.

Take the Vision Quiz for signs and symptoms of learning related vision problems.

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