Eye See...Eye Learn® Program
Free glasses for junior & senior kindergarten students
About the program
What's the difference between a comprehensive eye exam vs vision screening?
Vision screenings are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye health exam. A vision screening does not assess the entire visual system, including the health of a child’s eyes, so many vision problems can be missed.
Many children participate in vision screening or sight test programs at school, which some parents confuse with a comprehensive eye exam. These tests are limited and cannot be used to diagnose a vision or eye health problem. Studies have shown that vision screening tests have high error rates. Forty-three per cent of children with an eye health problem are able to pass a vision screening.
Eye exams performed by optometrists look at the structural development of the eye and identify any underlying health conditions.