Children`s Vision Screening
A new school vision screening service was introduced in the county in 2013. The new service uses a computer-generated logMAR based vision testing system.
As the pathway for school vision screening has been revised, the number of children screened countywide has significantly increased with over 6,500 children screened in Gloucestershire in the academic year 2013/14 .
The computer generated logMAR based vision testing system gives instructions in over 30 languages. Children who fail the school vision screening service are referred directly to the hospital eye service where they receive a full Orthoptic and Optometric examination. The countywide ‘Department of Optometry and Orthoptics’ at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSF Trust audit the vision screening service on an annual basis. They are also providing the school nursing team (who deliver school vision screening) annual teaching.
From January 2017 some categories of screening failures will be seen by community optometrists under the scheme managed by Primary Eyecare Gloucestershire (PEG). For more information visit their website at HTTP://www.peglos.org.uk
The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board website is found at www.gscb.org.uk and contains useful information and courses related to Safeguarding children.
For a summary sheet of useful telephone numbers see advice sheet in the list of Downloads.