Results of childhood vision tests

Results of Childhood Vision Tests

The National Screening Protocols set out how the screening tests are interpreted, and what action should be taken.

Pass, refer and re-screen criteria for vision screening for four years

Figure 3 refers to new 2014 protocol

Visions screening B4 School Check

Four-year-old children who have a visual acuity of 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other should be rescreened within three to six months.  This is because one eye may be improving or one eye getting worse.  A rescreen will distinguish the two possible options.

 

Vision is 6/9 or better in both eyes at the B4 School Check

  • The child’s vision screening is considered a pass.
  • Note the measurements of vision on ENROL.
  • Take no further action.

 

Vision is 6/9 in one eye and 6/6 in the other at the B4 School Check

  • Note the measurements of vision on ENROL.
  • Arrange a rescreen for three to six months’ time.

 

Vision is 6/12 or worse in either or both eyes at the B4 School Check

  • Refer the child for further assessment according to the Ministry of Health’s referral guidelines.

 

On rescreen

If the child’s vision is 6/6 or better in both eyes the rescreen is considered a pass and no further action is required.  If there is no change in the child’s vision (ie, they are 6/9 in one eye and 6/6 in the other) or their vision has become worse in either eye (ie, they are 6/9 in both eyes, or 6/12 or worse in either eye) refer the child for further assessment according to the Ministry of Health referral guidelines.