Vision and Eye Health in Children 36 to <72 Months: Proposed Performance Measures

Currently, providers of vision screening and eye examinations lack a system to provide national or state level estimates of the proportion of children who receive either a vision screening or an eye examination. Recommendations have been developed by the National Expert Panel to the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness and funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish performance measures for children’s vision health. The panel developed numerator and denominator definitions to measure rates of children “who completed a vision screening in a medical or community setting using a recommended method, or received an eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least once between the ages of 36 to <72 months." Separate measures for vision care provided to children with neurodevelopmental disorders, measures for receipt of an eye examination, and receipt of follow-up care were also developed. The panel recommends that these measures be implemented at national, state and local levels.

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Marsh-Tootle, WL, Russ SA, Repka MX for the National Expert Panel to the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health. Vision Screening for Children 36 to <72 Months: Proposed Performance Measures. Optom Vis Sci 2015;92(1):17-23.

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