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Release Date: January 2011
This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for visual impairment in children.
Summary of Recommendation
- The USPSTF recommends vision screening for all children at least once between the ages of 3 and 5 years, to detect the presence of amblyopia or its risk factors.
Grade: B Recommendation.
- The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of vision screening for children <3 years of age.
Grade: I statement.
Screening for Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1 to 5 Years, January 2011
Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 235 KB; PDF Help)
Supporting Article (PDF File, 220 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 2 MB; PDF Help)
Clinical Summary (PDF File, 42 KB; PDF Help)
Current as of January 2011
Screening for Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1 to 5 Years, Topic Page. January 2011. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsvsch.htm