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Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5: Screening

Release Date: January 2011

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.

Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendations and Evidence

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Children, Age 3-5 Years

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. 

 

 
The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.
Children, <3 Years of Age

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.

Go to the Clinical Considerations section for additional information about suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.

Related Information for Consumers

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Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

 
Current as of: January 2011

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/visual-impairment-in-children-ages-1-5-screening

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