Children require regular eye examinations throughout childhood to ensure that eye problems are detected and treated in time. Currently, there are no nationally accepted guidelines for screening children for vision problems in Canada. As a result, many children with poor vision or eye disease remain undetected. In fact, 80% of a child’s learning is based on vision, yet only 14% of children under the age of 6 have received an eye examination in Canada.
There is much debate as to which method of screening children for vision disorders is the most accurate, cost-effective and feasible option. The HamSEES I study assesses the accuracy of a novel screening method for elementary school children in Canada. More specifically, the study aims to determine the feasibility and accuracy of training non-eye care professionals to conduct eye examinations on children in elementary schools within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
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