Monterey Park Lions Club Vision Screening with Dennis Lin Optometry

Dr. Dennis Lin and Staff performed Vision Screeings 5 Consecutive Thursdays(6 Schools total)

Special Thanks to the Volunteers from the Monterey Park Lions Club and Local School Nurses.

Total Number of Chilren Screened:  2229

 September 15th, 2011  Monterey  Highland                449 Children Screened

September 22nd, 2011 Ynez                                            426  Children Screened

September 29th, 2011  Brightwood                               484  Children Screened

October 6th, 2011        Repetto                                        397  Children Screened

October 13th, 2011      Hillcrest                                       262  Children Screened

October 13th, 2011     MontereyVista                            211  Children Screened

Results:

17.83% of children failed the vision screening.

Subjective Assessment:

Numerous children were borderline passing.  The actual fail rate may be higher than indicated.

Some far-sighted(hyperopic) children that pass the vision screening may still have problems with
near/reading vision that might affect learning.  Reading glasses may benefit these kids and a professional eye exam may be indicated.

The highest fail rate for vision screenings starts around the 2nd and 3rd grade.  Children’s vision can go through dramatic changes from the age of 8 to 14.   However, it is very important to start screening school children no later than Kindergarten age.

Conclusion:

Approximately 1 in 5 children failed their school vision screening.

Vision screening programs are intended to help identify children with eye or vision problems that threaten sight or impair their ability to develop and learn normally.  However, vision screenings are a limited process and cannot be used to diagnose an eye or vision problem, but rather to indicate a potential need for further evaluation.