VISION SCREENING PROGRAM
PURPOSE: To detect those students who may have a vision disorder and refer them for further care.
STUDENTS TO BE SCREENED:
1. Grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. Entering Kindergarteners must present a form 3300 showing passage of vision screening before enrolling in school.
2. All students new to Cobb County Schools.
3. Students undergoing evaluation for special education eligibility.
4. Kindergarteners without a completed 3300 form.
SPECIAL NOTE: The State of Georgia Health Departments in collaboration with the Department of Education are in the process of creating new guidelines for school vision screening for the State and all local school districts. The new recommendations will include the preferred use of the HOTV 10-foot screening chart for grades K-12. Snellen and Titmus will remain appropriate testing methods for vision screening, but if your school is pursuing purchase of any new vision screening equipment, please consider use of the HOTV 10-foot chart.
- Screen students with either the 10-foot HOTV chart, 20-foot Snellen chart or the Titmus screening method.
- Students who fail the initial screening are re-screened within two weeks
- Parents of students failing the second screening are mailed a notification letter (V-1).
- a. Parents may take their child for an exam to a doctor of their choice.
THE VISION SCREENING PROGRAM IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR ROUTINE VISION CARE. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL CHILDREN RECEIVE A THOROUGH EYE EXAM BY AN OPTOMETRIST OR OPHTHALMOLOGIST BEFORE BEGINNING KINDERGARTEN. ANNUAL EYE EXAMS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN WHO WEAR GLASSES OR CONTACTS. CHILDREN WHO DO NOT WEAR CORRECTIVE EYE WEAR SHOULD HAVE AN EYE EXAM EVERY OTHER YEAR.