American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

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Released October 8, 2013

Annual comprehensive eye exams are unnecessary for children who pass routine vision screening assessments.

Early childhood vision screening done as part of routine well-child care accurately identifies most children with significant eye problems that are otherwise asymptomatic. Annual comprehensive eye examinations increase financial costs, a child’s absence from school and parental time away from work, with no evidence that the comprehensive exam detects asymptomatic vision problems better than timely, methodical and recurrent screening efforts. Comprehensive eye exams are appropriate for children who do not pass a vision screening.


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How The List Was Created

The President and the Executive Vice President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus met with its Board of Directors. These 10 pediatric ophthalmologists leading the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus then generated a list of 10 potential topics. Each individual ranked the topics and the top five recommendations were chosen. Each recommendation was sent to a recognized expert in that specific area or to a committee of experts to complete the template. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus disclosure and conflict of interest policies can be found at www.aapos.org.

Sources

AAO/AAP/AAPOS/AACO. Eye examination in infants, children, and young adults by pediatricians. May 2007. Pediatrics 2007;120:683–4.

AAO/AAP/AAPOS. Vision screening for infants and children: a joint statement of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 2007. Available from: http://www.aapos.org//client_data/files/2011/337_visionscreeningforinfantsandchildren2011.pdf.

AAPOS Vision Screening Recommendations. Available from: http://www.aapos.org//client_data/files/2013/595_aapos_visscreen.pdf.