Vision and eye health in children 36 to G72 Months: Proposed data definitions

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  • Purpose. To recommend a standardized approach for measuring progress toward national goals to improve preschool children's eye health. Methods. A multidisciplinary panel of experts reviewed existing measures and national vision-related goals during a series of face-to-face meetings and conference calls. The panel used a consensus process, informed by existing data related to delivery of eye and non-eye services to preschool children. Results. Currently, providers of vision screening and eye examinations lack a system to provide national- or state-level estimates of the proportion of children who receive either a vision screening or an eye examination. The panel developed numerator and denominator definitions to measure rates of children "who completed a vision screening in a medical or community setting using a recommended method, or received an eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least once between the ages of 36 to <72 months." A separate measure for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and measures for eye examination and follow-up were also developed. The panel recommended that these measures be implemented at national, state, and local levels. Conclusions. Standardized performance measures that include all eye services received by a child are needed at state and national levels to measure progress toward improving preschool children's eye health.
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    Author List

  • Marsh-Tootle WL; Russ SA; Repka MX; Block SS; Miller JM; Walker M; Bergren MD; Bunner RT; Cotter SA; Cyert LA
  • Start Page

  • 17
  • End Page

  • 23
  • Volume

  • 92
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  • 1