US Doctors Unsure Kids Under 3 Need Vision Screening
Friday, September 08, 2017 | Medical Studies
Children should get their vision tested at least once between ages 3 and 5, but there isn’t enough evidence to say for sure whether they need evaluations when they’re younger, according to new guidelines from U.S. physicians, as reported in Medscape.
For kids around preschool age, vision screening can help identify risk factors or symptoms of amblyopia, or lazy eye, which can lead to permanent vision loss, according to the guidelines issued by the government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
“Vision screening of children ages three to five in the primary care practice setting can detect amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, or other conditions that if untreated could lead to amblyopia,” said task force member Dr. Alex Kemper of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
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