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cobweb icon Archived: Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5: Screening

Original Release Date: January 2011

This version of this topic is currently archived and inactive. It should be used for historical purposes only.

Archived: 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. 


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.


Archived: Related Information for Consumers

There is no related information for consumers.

Archived: Related Information for Health Professionals

There is no related information for health professionals.

Archived: 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.

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