10:00–10:15am           Intro of Prevent Blindness Texas and Children's Vision Screening Training                             

10:15–11:30am           Spot Vision Screening Training

The Spot Vision Screener is a handheld, portable device designed to help users quickly and easily detect vision issues on patients from 6 months of age. The Spot screens both eyes at once from a nonthreatening 3-foot distance. The touch-screen display allows for one-touch activation, simple management of patient data entry, and easy configuration for both vision screening and auto-refraction applications.

Automated screening is an optional method of screening that is especially useful for screening children through age 5. Screeners who intend to use automated screening devices should be properly trained.

Important Fact about Screening Devices:

  • Optional alternative to screening with an eye chart.
  • Not dependent on behavioral responses of children.
  • Appropriate for children through age 5.
  • Photoscreening is one type of automated screening that uses a special camera to screen for refractive errors and strabismus.

In addition to the American Academy Association for Pediatric Opthalmology and Strabismus' (AAPOS') recommendation regarding photoscreening for children through age 5, photoscreening may be used for children with disabilities who do not respond well to other allowable screening methods. A referral for a professional examination is required if the child fails the photoscreening.                     

11:30am –2:00pm      Session II: Vision Screening Certification

Texas requires distance acuity screening using one of three types of AAPOS-recommended charts. Charts approved for distance acuity screening include the Sloan Letter Chart, Tumbling "E" Chart, and the HOTV Chart (crowded version is preferred). Optional muscle balance tests for children in third grade and younger include the Hirschberg Corneal Light Reflex test and Cover and Uncover Tests. Only an eye doctor can diagnose and treat a vision problem, but vision screenings help find children and adults who need a full eye exam. Prevent Blindness’ vision screenings are an accurate, cost-effective way to find vision problems and refer people with signs of problems to eye doctors for professional care.

2:00-2:30pm                Evaluations, Wrap-up, and Q&A


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