Children often do not know they are not seeing well!

They may be missing what is presented visually at school, causing them to fall behind.

screening11 in 4 school-age children have vision deficits as reported by Prevent Blindness America.

60% of students with recognized learning problems have undetected vision problems according to American Optometric Association reports.

We are Here to Help!

School Sight & Sound, Inc. searches diligently among school populations to find students who may need further testing/examination to rule out vision problems.

This is done by using state approved screening equipment and testing instruments.

Screening Battery for Preschool Children and Difficult to Test Children:

a) Observation of the child (appearance, behavior, complaint)

b) Instrument screening using any one of the following tests:

1) The HOTV (stereoscopic or distance screening) is used for preschool children utilizing matching.

2) Michigan Preschool Test (stereoscopic/distance screening) using Titmus OV-7 instrument for vision testing

Screening Battery for School Age Students (grades 1-12):

a) Observation of the child (appearance, behavior, complaint)

b) Stereoscopic instrument screening using the Massachusetts Battery of tests (includes muscle balance (phoria), visual acuity and farsightedness (hyperopia)testing

c) BRL (both right and left) Test at near and far points in binocular mode for junior and senior high school students.

Screening Battery for Children Wearing Glasses or Contact Lenses:

a) The screening battery for children wearing glasses shall consist of:

1) Observation of the child (appearance, behavior, complaint)

2) Inspection of the lenses and frames for problems; and

3) Determination of the child’s last visit to an eye doctor.


b) The screening battery for children wearing contact lenses shall consist of (a) (1) and (3) above

c) Instrument screening of children wearing glasses or contact lenses is not appropriate.


Warning Signs of Vision Problems in Kids

Refractive errors are the most common cause of vision problems among school-age children. Parents, as well as teachers, should be aware of these 10 signs that a child’s vision needs correction:

  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Losing his place while reading or using a finger to guide his eyes when reading
  • Squinting or tilting the head to see better
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
  • Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
  • Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  • Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  • Avoiding using a computer, because it “hurts his eyes”
  • Receiving lower grades than usual