Vision Charts Recommended by MDH

For 3-6 years of age

The visual acuity charts recommended by MDH for children age 3-6 years are the 10 foot LEA or HOTV chart with 50% spaced rectangle boxes around each line. Following are the recommended visual acuity charts. They are available from the vendors listed at the end of this section.

LEA
Reprinted with permission from Good-lite company
LEA visual acuity chart from the Good-lite company.
HOTV
Reprinted with permission from Good-lite company
HOTV visual acuity chart from the Good-lite company.

For 6 years and older

The MDH recommended visual acuity charts for children age 6 years and older are the 10 or 20 foot Sloan or Snellen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends visual acuity screening at 10 feet for all children.

10 foot SLOAN
Reprinted with permission from Good-lite company
10 foot SLOAN visual acuity chart from the Good-lite company.
20 foot Snellen
Reprinted with permission from Good-lite company
20 foot Snellen visual acuity chart from the Good-lite company.

Remember to have the right screening distance for your chart!

The appropriate screening distance is noted at the top of the vision chart. Consider the amount of space available for screening in your setting, and choose the chart accordingly.

Graphic showing that the appropriate screening distance for the acuity chart is located at the top of the vision chart.

Obtaining recommended vision charts

Following is a partial listing of companies that supply the recommended vision screening instruments. MDH does not endorse any particular vendor.

Good-Lite Company
Phone: 1-800-362-3860
Website: www.good-lite.com

School Health Corporation
Phone: 1-800-323-1305
Website: www.schoolhealth.com

MacGill Discount School Nurse Supply
Phone: 1-800-323-2841
Website: www.macgill.com

School Nurse Supply, Inc.
Phone: 1-800-485-2737
Website: www.schoolnursesupplyinc.com

References

Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine and Section on Ophthalmology (2003). Policy statement; Eye examination in infants, children, and young adults. Pediatrics, 111(4),902-907.

Minnesota Department of Health (2009). Vision Screening procedures; for Infancy, Childhood, and School Age Children. Retrieved from http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/mch/hlth-vis/materials/visscrnprocedure.pdf