Learner-to-learner visual acuity screening: A solution for early identification of visual acuity disabilities
Method. This article describes a cost-effective and community-empowering solution, Learner-to-Learner Visual Acuity Screening, whereby secondary school learners were trained to conduct basic visual acuity (VA) eye screening for foundation-phase learners.
Results. Of a group of Grade R learners, 30% were identified as having impaired VA and referred for ophthalmic or optometric evaluation.
Conclusions. This project created greater awareness among learners, parents and teachers regarding abnormal VA and increased interaction between secondary and primary school learners. This simple and cost-effective strategy could be easily and effectively replicated in other schools, helping to address the need for basic eye care.
S P C Cook, East London Eye Centre, Eastern Cape
S C Pasio, East London Eye Centre, Eastern Cape
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Date published: 2013-01-14
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