USPSTF Vision Screening in Kids


Transcript of Audio news release featuring Dr. Ned Calonge about the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force recommendation about vision screening for children.

Children under five should be screened for vision problems—including lazy eye, crossed eyes, and near- and far-sightedness—according to a new recommendation issued by the US Preventive Services Task Force. Left untreated, these conditions may interfere with a child's ability to learn—or otherwise affect his or her performance in school. They can also lead to more-serious vision problems.

Doctor Ned Calonge ["kah-lunge"]—Task-Force Chair, and Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment...

Dr. Calonge:
"Ask your doctor to check your child's vision. The tests are very simple. The earlier the detection, the more likely that treatments will be effective, and will prevent vision-related problems in school for your child."

Visual Impairment is a common condition that affects five- to 10-percent of preschool-age children—but often goes undiagnosed. Children found to have one of these conditions should be referred to a specialized eye-care professional for treatment. For more information, talk with your doctor or other health-care provider.

Page last reviewed May 2004
Internet Citation: USPSTF Vision Screening in Kids: Transcript. May 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.