Evaluation of Vision Referral Program With School-Aged Children and Their Parents/Guardians

  • Vision plays a key role in a child’s development. Early detection and treatment of vision abnormalities decreases future complications.

  • Follow-up vision care is a common problem.

  • Barriers to vision care include financial cost, lack of insurance knowledge to cover costs, and disbelief of vision results.

  • The purpose of this evidence-based pilot project was to improve the rate of follow-up vision care obtained by school-aged children.

  • The target population was school-aged children from kindergarten to fifth grade at an elementary school within Lake County, Ohio.

  • The vision referral program included phone calls to families to identify and overcome barriers to obtaining vision care.

  • Barriers identified with the target population include disbelief of vision results, lack of knowledge about vision health, and financial cost.

  • Results indicated an increase of vision care rates during the 2017–2018 academic year by 60% above baseline rates from the previous academic year.

Publication date

July 12, 2019


Journal of School Nursing


Susan McClendon DNP, RN, CNS, Mary Beth Zeni, RN, ScD
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