The American Optometric Association (AOA) recently released the new Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination. The guideline was the work of the Evidence-Based Optometry (EBO) committee, which spent countless hours studying and assessing a “mountain of research” to bring it all together in one comprehensive document.
The new guideline’s purpose is to:
- recommend optimal intervals for vision examinations for infants and children (from birth through 18 years old).
- suggest appropriate procedures to examine children at various ages.
- Did you know that examining very young children requires some special procedures and equipment??
- reduce the risk of vision problems through early diagnosis and treatment.
The Pediatric Guideline is for parents, too!
The new guideline provides information on a myriad of topics including trauma, myopia, color vision, and blue light protection. It recognizes that “vision has an enormous impact on children’s quality of life–their social, motor, cognitive and academic achievement. ”
Feeling a little overwhelmed by the jargon? This condensed version of the guideline makes it easier for parents to access this important info.
The Pediatric Guideline was highlighted in the AOA Focus, July/Aug 2017.