26 Jun 2020

Inadequate eye screening of school children

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 26 June 2020
Close up macro of child boy eye

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Sight problems in primary school children are remaining undiagnosed for years due to insufficient eye checks. The head of the University of  Auckland's School of Optometry and Vision Science estimates one in ten children in New Zealand needs glasses and don't have them because screening is inadequate. Professor Steven Dakin says vision problems can go unchecked for years, and short sightedness, and long sightedness are not part of pre school testing. He advocates a nationwide mobile school screening programme, so children who have correctable vision problems can be treated.