Annual elementary student vision screening helps identify possible vision problems
Posted on 12/03/2014

All elementary students in kindergarten, first, second and fourth grades had vision screening tests this week. The annual tests are mandated for students under age 7 and can help identify nine different types of possible vision problems. If potential problems are detected, students are referred to a doctor for additional evaluation. 

The tests are coordinated by District nurses and provided by members of the Lions Club with help from McMinnville High School students in the Health Occupations Pathway program. They administer the screening tests using digital cameras that screen for vision issues and record the data. The tests screen for myopia, anisometropia, hyperopia, anisocoria, gaze vertical, gaze nasal, gaze temporal, and gaze asymetry. 

This is the second year high school students have assisted with the vision screening, and it is the second year the screening cameras have been used. The Lions Club provides the annual screening to elementary students around the state. This year, they have screened more than 90,000 students.