Effectiveness of Using Teachers to Screen Eyes of School-Going Children in Satna District of Madhya Pradesh, India

  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of teachers in a vision screening program for grade five to 12 children school in north central India.

  • Teachers screened 68,833 of the 77,778 enrolled children, thus achieving coverage of 88.50%.

  • 3,822 children (4.91%) with eye defects were referred for further examination by the ophthalmic assistant.

  • Myopia, Vitamin A deficiency and strabismus were the most common eye problems identified by the ophthalmic assistant.

  • Spectacles were prescribed to 39.47% of children confirmed with eye defects.

  • Teachers played a significant role in screening children and effectively reduced the workload of ophthalmic assistants.

Publication date

August 10, 2016


Sudhan, A., Pandey, A., Pandey, S., Srivastava, P., Pandey, K.P. and Jain, B.K.
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