State advocates and program and policy decision makers have multiple “entry points” to the system of services affecting children’s vision and eye health. Actions that strengthen screening protocols, improve access to diagnostic exams and treatment, and bolster capacity for surveillance and performance measurement all contribute to the development and support of a comprehensive approach.Learn More
These questions may help you assess the strength of your own state’s approach to ensuring children’s vision and eye health.Learn More
Vision screening, eye examinations, population-based data systems, and measures of accountability are the cornerstones of a comprehensive system to ensure children’s vision and eye health. A National Expert Panel convened by the NCCVEH has issued guidelines for each of these critical components.
Usually conducted in a school, primary care practice, or community health center, vision screenings identify general vision problems at an early stage.
Performed by optometrists or ophthalmologists, eye exams are necessary to diagnose and treat eye disorders.
Population-based data systems
These data systems provide the capacity to document receipt of services, measure the performance of screening and follow-up programs, track progress toward public health goals, and improve outcomes for children.
Performance measures guide the use of aggregate population data for program accountability and system improvement.
The National Expert Panel’s detailed recommendations for vision screening methods, integrated data systems to track screening and follow-up exams, and performance measures to monitor progress are available the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health, nationalcenter.preventblindness.org.
12 components of a strong state vision health system.Learn More
Proposed text for the development of state legislation to support healthy vision in children, modified as necessary to fit into the state’s existing body of laws.Learn More