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When a Child Does Not Pass a Vision Screening

When to Take Your Child to an Eye Doctor

If your child has not passed a vision screening, shows any signs of a vision problem, or reports broken or lost eyeglasses, please take your child to an eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. Make the appointment today.

If you need help finding an eye doctor, call your child’s pediatrician, school nurse or health manager. Annual visits to eye doctors (ophthalmologists and optometrists) and eyeglasses (including replacements if needed) are covered by Mass Health insurance. Private insurance plans vary in their eye exam and eyeglass benefits. If you need help understanding your child’s insurance coverage, call your health insurance company – the phone number is on the card. Free assistance programs are available if your child does not have any health insurance benefits that cover eye exams or glasses. (see Healthy Eyes Eyeglasses Program).

Take Action

Do not wait for your child to complain about their vision. Young children with vision problems usually will not complain that it is hard to see because they do not know what normal vision is.  If you are concerned about your child’s vision, even with a pass on a vision screening at school or the pediatrician’s office, make an appointment for your child to have a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor experienced in treating young children.