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Children’s Vision Program

Childhood vision disorders are prevalent and are a significant public health problem. Early identification, diagnosis and correction of children’s vision disorders are essential parts of all child health programs.

The early detection and treatment of vision disorders give the visual system and brain an opportunity to develop normally and prevent permanent vision loss, thereby giving children a better opportunity to develop educationally, socially, and emotionally (National Center for Child’s Vision and Eye Health).

The Children's Vision program sets the screening requirements and guidelines for school-based preschool and K-12 schools. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) sets the requirements for what grades are routinely screened each year; what equipment is acceptable to use; what specific vision tests are needed to perform the screenings; and the referral criteria. Schools providing medical services are required to screen school-aged students for vision.

Children who do not pass school vision screenings should be referred for follow-up care. ODH stresses that a vision screening, while a valuable public health procedure, is not a substitute for a professional examination.

The Children's Vision program is a program of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of children with vision problems. In addition to providing school-screening standards, the program conducts statewide annual reporting of vision screening programs and provides training for people who perform screenings on preschool and school-aged children.


Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Children's Vision Program
246 N. High Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215


Contact Information:
Vision Screening Assistance: (614) 644-0139
Fax: (614) 728-6793

Page Updated: 6/15/2018