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.
Summary of Recommendations and Evidence
|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 Health Professionals
Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.