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ISRN Ophthalmology
Volume 2011, Article ID 801957, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/801957
Research Article

The Washington Metropolitan Pediatric Vision Screening Quality Control Assessment

1Virginia Pediatric Ophthalmology Specialists, Stony Point Surgery Center, 8700 Stony Point Parkway, Suite 210, Richmond, VA 23235, USA
2Department of Ophthalmology, Howard University Hospital, Towers Building, Suite 2100, 2041 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20060, USA

Received 10 November 2011; Accepted 4 December 2011

Academic Editors: N. Ardjomand, U. U. Inan, and Y. F. Shih

Copyright © 2011 Natario L. Couser and Janine Smith-Marshall. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To ascertain if parents are familiar with current recommendations on pediatric vision screening and to assess their knowledge of the roles that pediatricians, ophthalmologists and optometrists have in this screening process. Methods. A survey was targeted at parents to determine what the general public understands regarding vision screening. Results. The survey was conducted from January–May 2010. One hundred fifty six persons responded. Over one-third did not know the difference between eye care specialists. Many believed opticians and optometrists receive medical school training. Over forty percent incorrectly identified the recommended visual acuity testing age. A large discrepancy existed regarding who should perform pediatric eye exams. Most agreed a failed screening warranted follow-up, but there was not a uniform opinion as to when to seek care. The majority of respondents understood amblyopia should be treated at least before age ten; although nine percent believed amblyopia could be treated at any age. Discussion. There is a significant lack of understanding of the current screening recommendations, difference between eye care professionals, and the importance of early treatment of amblyopia. Conclusions. Many parents do not understand the potential detrimental consequences of delayed care in the event their child fails a vision screening.