Nurse: Reyna Maher, BSN, RN

  • Phone:  802-857-7740

    Email:  rmaher@ewsd.org

    Fax:  802-879-8190

    Health Office Hours: during school hours

  • Vision Screening is KEY to Healthy Development

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 9/16/2022 2:20:00 PM

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    Eye health is important for people at all ages, but particularly for children.

    Over the next couple of months, I will be screening students' vision and hearing in all grades (except grade 2).

    Did you know undiagnosed vision disorders are this prevalent?

    • up to 1 in 17 preschoolers
    • 1 in 5 head start children
    • 1 in 4 school aged children

     

    Children use their vision to learn about their world.  It is important that your student's eyes are checked during well child visits and/or at school to make sure they are healthy.

     

    Not all vision problems can be seen.

     

    Children who have a problem may not realize it or be able to describe a problem with their sight.  Regular eye screenings will help find possible problems.

     

    Signs your student should see an eye doctor:

    Appearance

    • Eyes do not line up or look straight ahead.
    • The eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted, swollen, or don't fully open.
    • Eyes are watery or red.
    • Recurring stye or bump on the eyelid.
    • Color photos of the child's eyes show a white reflection in the pupil (middle of the eye).
    • The pupil (the black circle in the colored part of the eye) in one eye is larger than the pupil in the other.
    • The iris (colored part of the eye) in one eye is not the same round shape and size as the iris in the other eye.
    • Both eyes jerk back and forth quickly from side-to-side.

    Behavior

    • Rubs eyes often.
    • Closes or covers one eye when reading or looking at a close object.
    • Squints eyes when trying to see things near or far away.
    • Tilts head or turns face when playing with a toy, trying to read, or trying to see something near or far away.
    • Has difficulty concentrating when reading, doing schoolwork, or doing other close-up work.
    • Brings toys or books close to his/her/their face.
    • Blinks eyes more than usual or is cranky when doing close-up work.
    • Seems unusually clumsy.  Bumps into things often or knocks things over.
    • Avoids doing near work or reading.

    Complaints

    • Eyes itch, burn, or feel scratchy.
    • Blurred vision when looking at near objects, such as toys or books.
    • Dizziness, headaches, or nausea when doing near work.
    • Light is too bright.
    • Unable to see something other people can see.
    • Sees worse at the end of the day.
    • Difficulty copying material from a whiteboard in the classroom.

     

    As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns about your student's vision or other health issues.

     

     

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