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Vision services for North Shore schools

North Shore school health manual - Section 6

Vision screening promotes early detection of eye problems in young children and prevents permanent vision loss from eye disorders or injury through increased parent, teacher and student awareness.

Vision screening in the school setting

Vision screening is offered to all kindergarten students at school. Public health will send a letter to parents to inform them of the screening date. 
Parent notification letter of vision screening 2016 - 2017
It is recommended that all other children have their eyes checked by an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) if they missed the screening at school or there are concerns. Vision problems often have a family history. If you know of vision problems in your family, your child's eyes should be examined by an eye doctor by 3 years of age or earlier, especially if you notice any concerns.

Tips to help schools spot vision problems

Students who have any of the following concerns should be seen by an optometrist.

Abnormal eye appearance

  • Eye turns in or out
  • Red inflamed eyes
  • Swelling of eyelids
  • Excessive blinking
  • Bumping into things
  • Different size pupils
  • Crusty or red eyelids
  • Drooping lids
  • Squinting or rubbing the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Lack of concentration

Behaviour changes

  • Holds head to one side or in an unusual way when looking carefully at an object
  • Has difficulty in keeping place while reading also known as being a “finger reader”
  • Avoids close work and is disinterested in activities that involve looking carefully at objects
  • Rubs eyes, frowns, squints, or blinks often when looking carefully at an object
  • Holds printed materials in an unusual position
  • Makes excessive errors when copying from blackboard

Complaints

  • Pain in eyes
  • Cannot see the blackboard
  • Frequent headaches when reading
  • Words move or jump about when reading
  • Eye problem following head injury
  • Double vision
  • Eyes hurt or blur when reading
  • Loss of vision

Reduced cost glasses

The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eye wear for their children. Information is available in Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, French and Punjabi.
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