Effectiveness of Using Teachers to Screen Eyes of School-Going Children in Satna District of Madhya Pradesh, India
The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of teachers in a vision screening program for children in classes 5th to 12th attending school in two blocks of a district of north central India.
Five hundred and thirty teachers from 530 schools enrolled 77,778 children in the project and screened 68,833 (88.50%) of enrolled children.
Teachers referred 3,822 children (4.91%) with eye defects for further examination by the ophthalmic assistant who confirmed eye defects in 1242 children (1.80% of all screened children).
Ophthalmic assistants identified 57.97% referrals as false positives and 6.08% children as false negatives from the random sample of normal children.
Spectacles were prescribed to 39.47% of children confirmed with eye defects.
Primary vision screening by teachers has effectively reduced the workload of ophthalmic assistants.