Instrument-based pediatric vision screening policy statement

James B. Ruben, David B. Granet, Richard J. Blocker, Geoffrey E. Bradford, Daniel J. Karr, Gregg T. Lueder, Sharon S. Lehman, R. Michael Siatkowski, Lawrence D. Hammer, Graham Arthur Barden, Oscar Wharton Brown, Edward S. Curry, James J. Laughlin, Herschel R. Lessin, Chadwick Taylor Rodgers, Geoffrey R. Simon

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A policy statement describing the use of automated vision screening technology (instrument-based vision screening) is presented. Screening for amblyogenic refractive error with instrument-based screening is not dependent on behavioral responses of children, as when visual acuity is measured. Instrument-based screening is quick, requires minimal cooperation of the child, and is especially useful in the preverbal, preliterate, or developmentally delayed child. Children younger than 4 years can benefit from instrument-based screening, and visual acuity testing can be used reliably in older children. Adoption of this new technology is highly dependent on third-party payment policies, which could present a significant barrier to adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-986
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Automated technology
  • Instrument-based screening
  • Vision screening
  • Visual acuity
  • Young children


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