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School & pediatrician vision tests can miss A LOT!

KP
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I experienced this as a kid - I thought the tests were tests I had to do well on. So I memorized the chart and went undiagnosed until the first grade when my teacher observed how close to the board I was standing. Getting my glasses for the first time was so so amazing, I remember seeing leaves and blades of grass for the first time and being really overwhelmed with the beauty of it all. It was a night and day difference, academically and socially.
MM
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My daughter needed glasses and I had no idea. She never complained, but it was because seeing “blurry” was all she had ever known. 💔When she got her glasses and put them on, she saw the world and me, her own mother, clearly for the first time. I had to fight the tears.
Nichole J.
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My now 9 year old was running into walls and door casings, she was getting poor grades held books really close to read she passed the eye tests at school. Her teacher gave her a hard time and yelled at her when she asked to sit in the front of the room. I freaked out on the school and teachers made her an appointment and she now has glasses and is on high honors.
Elizabeth H.
Elizabeth H.
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I kept getting headaches every day, my vision would be fine, and then other days it would be super blurry. One day my headache was so bad that my parents took me into the emergency. Had tests done and even a CAT scan. A MONTH later still suffering and they re-sent me to another eye doctor for second opinion and come to find out I needed glasses... Like BAD. From that day forward, my eyes have been doing great with glasses, and no headaches and I could read everything!!
Nicole L.
Nicole L.
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I wasn’t helped until 6th grade. When that’s all you ever know, you just go with it. She laughed when I said, “There are leaves on the trees!
Rachel F.
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I passed them all and then hit 3rd grade and then an optometrist caught it! Life changer.
ED
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My son passed everything at the pediatrician with his wellness exam screenings. Then at 5yrs old we took him to an optometrist who said he needed glasses and we needed to patch one of his eyes so the other would gain strength. According to the eye doctor, I should have been taking him to the optometrist at 3yrs old. Since he got his glasses, he is picking up on things faster, pointing things out when in the car and his confidence has grown
Rebecca H.
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I didn't get glasses until I was 16 and in another adults care. Looking back, it affected me tremendously! I thought everyone had struggled to see the board...
Emily C.
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Both my kiddos passed the tests at the pediatrician with flying colors, and both kiddos need glasses! Fortunately, I had read somewhere that all kids should be screened by an eye doctor before starting kindergarten, so we were able to catch my son’s astigmatism and daughter’s nearsightedness before starting school. I try to tell as many mamas as I can to get them screened before school because neither kiddo showed ANY signs of needing glasses!”
Genevieve S.
Genevieve S.
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We were told our son had 20/20 vision. He does, however, his eyes were not tracking together.
Erin I.
Erin I.
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I had NO IDEA I had bad vision. I thought I was seeing everything I was supposed to. It wasn’t until I got glasses in the second grade that I realized I was missing out on anything.
April N.
April N.
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My son didn't know any different and the heart break when he did get his glasses was something fierce, everything that is beautiful and sacred in this world, he just couldn't see it. His reaction while looking around. Kids don't know, he certainly didn't know.
Caitlin C
Caitlin C
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My daughter had trouble finding things right in front of her. Glasses have definitely helped! I had no idea she needed them.
Ashley C.
Ashley C.
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My son passed the pediatrician office screen, but we made an appointment for him just because he wanted to go to the optometrist with his big brother. He was such a klutzy kid before, he’s still rambunctious but he isn’t getting hurt like he use to. He was 4 when he started wearing them. He is much happier and less winey too. I suspect he always had a headache before but never knew how to tell us
Danielle C.
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My daughter got hers at around one and she will be two in a couple of weeks. Huge for her balancing improvements and writing.
Sunshine
Sunshine
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We didn’t find out I needed glasses until the 7th grade. I had passed all vision tests until a teacher in 7th grade suggested to my mom to go to an eye dr. I got glasses and was like WHAT?!? THIS IS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO LOOK???? My life was forever changed. I just thought everyone saw things blurry until they were close up. I didn’t know “blurry” wasn’t the normal so I never said anything.
Logan S.
Logan S.
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“I didn't get glasses until I was in 6th grade. All I can say, is as a kid, you don't notice that the world is blurry because that is what you are used to. It only becomes obvious when you actually get glasses that you couldn't see properly before.
Cari D.
Cari D.
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Mine passed at school and a day later failed miserably at ophthalmologist office. I felt like a total failure. Hindsight says I trusted it was done well and correctly. I didn’t know any better. Now I know better and I do better. All my kids go now for yearly eye exams. I quit beating myself up because I was doing the best I knew to do.
Kenzie C.
Kenzie C.
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I would memorize charts and stuff so I didn’t feel “different” and I would just either sit closer to the board or find ways to be able to work through it. My eyes aren’t awful but I do have trouble seeing things far away. when I was in 8th grade my vision started to get kinda worse so I told my mom (both my parents have glasses) and by 9th grade I had my first pair and saw so much better! They helped so much when I was in school!
Hayley B.
Hayley B.
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I have had horrible vision since 1st grade. I remember I kept asking my teacher to write bigger on the chalkboard. She finally put me in the front row but I STILL wanted her to write bigger so she sent me to the nurse and then I got to be the nerdy kid with big ole glasses for a long while!
LM
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We discovered our son needed glasses in 2nd grade when the teacher rearranged the seating & he was going up to the board to read the info. He is quite near sighted! He was passing the tests at the pediatrician too
Elizabeth K.
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Our vision was fine, passed all the screenings and everything until about grade 1/2, then it all went to crap, and we all ended up in glasses. My oldest is 4, and she has passed all the screens too.
Kelly S..
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My sister got glasses and I wanted them too so bad. I convinced my mom to take me to the eye dr and sure enough I needed them. But I had no idea! I was in second grade.
KG
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Schools only screen for far vision. My son needed glasses for near vision in 2nd grade and I also found out by taking to an optometrist after he complained a lot.
Erin D.
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My son passed everything at the pediatrician with his wellness exam screenings. Then at 5yrs old we took him to an optometrist who said he needed glasses and we needed to patch one of his eyes so the other would gain strength. According to the eye doctor, I should have been taking him to the optometrist at 3yrs old. Since he got his glasses, he is picking up on things faster, pointing things out when in the car and his confidence has grown. Unfortunately, because of his age the patching didn’t help much and (according to the optometrist) he will always have one eye that needs a lot stronger prescription than the other. But in our defense, I didn’t know you were supposed to get comprehensive eye exams starting at 3yrs old!
CH
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I remember doing a screening in 7th grade and not being able to see anything. The screener asked me if I was supposed to be wearing glasses because my vision was so bad. Up until that moment I had no idea I had a problem. When I went home and told my mom I needed glasses, she didn't believe me. I have no idea why I didn't realize I needed glasses before that moment!
LG
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I had passed all of my other at school exams. But my mom asked me one day what time the clock said on the stove and I laughed at her and told her I couldn't see that far away. Turns out I had been relying on my desk neighbors at school to know what was on the board.
Jenni W.
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I clearly remember getting glasses for the first time, not until I was 13, and being able to see the leaves on the trees. It was magical.
Felicia H.
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I never knew good vision so I learned to read blurry stuff from a distance. It’s one of those things “you can’t miss if you’ve never had”
Scarlett S.
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I passed under the radar until 6th grade. I always had headaches, always sat at the front of the class. Before 6th grade, my mom was a single mom and we were on Medicaid so we relied on school screenings for my vision. After my mom married when I was 12 and we got on my stepdads insurance and went to an actual optometrist were we told that I had SEVERE vision problems. 1 week later I got my first pair of glasses and pointed out the leaves on the trees I had never seen before. My mom broke down into tears, blaming herself but I know it wasn't her fault. The school screenings are garbage and any child who grows up with vision issues learns to compensate without realizing it. Always take them to an optometrist.”
Kei H.
Kei H.
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We had a great experience today for my 7 year old and her first complete eye exam. We've had an eye exam at the pediatrician and at school but this was so comprehensive. Dr. Miller was able to pinpoint the problem and give recommendations for my daughter that no one else caught. My daughter would get tired after reading and now we know why.
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Pediatrician and school screenings can miss a lot!

Limited Testing

Many vision screenings test only for distance visual acuity. It does not indicate how well the eyes focus up close or work together. It also does not give any information about the health of the eyes

Untrained personnel

Often, administrative personnel or volunteers who have little training conduct a vision screening. While well-intentioned, these individuals do not have the knowledge to competently assess screening results.

Inadequate equipment

Even when done in a pediatrician’s or primary care physician’s office, the scope of vision screening may be limited by the type of testing equipment available. Factors such as room lighting, testing distances and maintenance of the testing equipment can also affect test results.

Our Vision Screenings

Spot Vision Screener

The Spot Screener is used in office for children 2-4 and for our vision screenings at other locations for all ages. It gives an estimate or starting point of the patient's prescription.

Autorefractor

The autorefractor we use in the office for kids age 4 and up. It gives an estimate or starting point of the patient's prescription.

Snellen Chart

It is imperative to have properly trained staff when checking visual acuity of a child. Many times the test administered assumes that the child is not reading the letters because they simply do not want to participate due to various reasons. Unfortunately, instead of referring out of caution, most of the kids are passed. Futhermore, the standard for passing a vision screening at schools and pediatrician offices are too low. Even if accurate, the visual acuity they find acceptable, can often times result in the child still struggling to see the board.

Binocular Vision Dysfunction Screening

In addition to checking acuities (how clearly you see), we also perform binocular vision screening tests (how well your eyes work together. If you have adequate focusing ability. How your eyes track...). This is imperative for as it directly effects reading and learning abilities.

FREE vision screenings

Every Thursday & Friday. Performed by professionally trained staff using professional equipment (ages 2-10)

Sunshine
Sunshine
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We didn’t find out I needed glasses until the 7th grade. I had passed all vision tests until a teacher in 7th grade suggested to my mom to go to an eye dr. I got glasses and was like WHAT?!? THIS IS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO LOOK???? My life was forever changed. I just thought everyone saw things blurry until they were close up. I didn’t know “blurry” wasn’t the normal so I never said anything.

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