The following questions may help you assess the strength of your own state’s approach to ensuring children’s vision and eye health:
Is vision screening for children mandated by law? At what ages and frequency?
Who is doing the vision screening? Who trains the vision screeners? Are there certification or training requirements for screeners?
Are the results of vision screening and eye examination outcomes communicated to the child’s medical home/primary health care provider?
Is there a standard protocol for referrals? Who follows up to ensure referred children access needed eye care? Is this follow-up process/protocol in place for all children, or only segments of the state’s population?
Are there populations that are being missed, are unable to access eye care, or need special considerations?
What percentage of children ages 3 through 5 years receive a vision screening or eye examination?
Who monitors the quality of vision screening programs?
Who maintains the data on children’s vision in your state? Is there any statewide tracking of vision screening and follow-up? If so, does it integrate systems, sites, and providers to support population-based (all children) data?