Children post newborn through 20 years of age
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Vision Screening Training program provides screeners with the necessary skills to identify children in need of further diagnosis and treatment.
The website is for programs such as:
- Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC)
- Early Learning Programs (including Early Head Start and Head Start)
- Early Childhood Screening
- School programs
- Other wellness programs that screen children's hearing and vision
Vision screening is the most practical approach to identify children in need of professional services. Early identification and treatment can prevent or alleviate many of the problems that result from impaired vision.
The MDH vision screening recommendations found on this website are for screening children post newborn through 20 years of age. In addition to resources found on these MDH webpages, screening programs may refer to these documents:
- Minnesota Vision Screening Guidelines for Children Post Newborn Through 20 years of age (PDF) - This provides an overview of the 2015 updated guidelines, based on national guidelines and expert opinion.
- Vision Screening Procedures for Infancy, Childhood and School Age Children (PDF) - This manual describes all vision screening procedures in detail and is used by screening programs and clinics in Minnesota. The content of this manual is also included throughout this Vision Screening website.
- Quick Reference Guide: Hearing and Vision Screening (PDF) - This is a 2-page quick reference guide for both hearing and vision screening.
- Clinic Checklist: Hearing and Vision Screening (PDF) - This is a 1-page checklist for clinics for hearing and vision screening.
- MDH recommended equipment for distance visual acuity screening (PDF)