In this guest blog, Karon McCarthy sets out the position of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) on the resumption of child vision screening services following the impact of COVID-19.
School entry screening
Most parents don't realise if their child has a vision problem when they start school. In this blog article, Beverley Robertson explains how pleased she is that her daughter, Elsie, had screening.
We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new e-learning training package for vision screeners.
A reminder about GDPR implications for child vision screening and clarification that schools do not need the permission of parents before they can share children’s data with the providers of school health services.
It's hard to believe that it was almost a year ago when we published the suite of resources to support the commissioning and delivery of high quality vision screening for 4 to 5 year olds in England.
Today we’ve published – after several years of hard work by many talented people – a large set of resources that can help providers ensure high quality local screening services.
I’m delighted to report that following the sterling work of our child vision group, we are now consulting on all the draft resources they have produced.
Children have all sorts of eye problems (just like adults) from viral conjunctivitis through to mild or moderate sight problems and, very rarely, blindness. Most children with eye problems are picked up by their parents or teachers.
I was talking to a colleague the other day and he told me how his 4 year old son was diagnosed with a severe visual impairment in both eyes as a result of the child vision screen during his reception …