Study Confirms Benefits of Early Eye Screening
Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is a lifelong vision impairment that affects 2-4 percent of the U.S. population. It occurs in children and is highly preventable and treatable if recognized early.
A study reported in the March 2013 issue of Pediatrics analyzed the results of the photoscreening program, KidSight, between May 2000 and April 2011, and compared results of vision screening in children ages 1-3 with children 4 and older. The study authors found the test equally effective at detecting vision problems in each age group and concluded that vision screening can accurately identify risk factors for amblyopia in children ages 1-3 and should be conducted in children as young as 1.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently reported insufficient data to recommend photoscreening in children younger than age 3, but this study's results confirm that early screening can detect and recognize amblyogenic factors, and treatment can effectively restore vision in younger children. Learn more atpediatrics.aappublications.org (search for Lazy Eye).