A vision screening is done to separate those with and without possible vision problems. Vision screening results may indicate a potential need for further assessment. Partner with eye care professionals to carry out joint screening events. A vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.
Organizing a Vision Screening
- Arrange for medical personnel and medical equipment. Government health departments, universities, hospitals, or private physicians often agree to perform free or low cost public screenings.
- Obtain legal clearance/permits from local authorities. Adhere to the appropriate healthcare laws and regulations for your jurisdiction when conducting health screenings.
- Select a date for the screening. This date should not conflict with other community events.
- Secure a location for the screening. Schools, libraries, houses of worship, community centers or homes for the elderly are among possible locations.
- Provide advance publicity. Use social media and other communication channels to notify the public about the date and location of the screening.
- Stay in touch with community partner. (medical professionals, manager of screening location, volunteers, etc.)
- Develop procedures to refer participants whose screening results may indicate the possibility of vision or eye health problems. Refer these participants for further medical evaluation in collaboration with local eye care professionals.
- Plan a screening in conjunction with your October Sharing the Vision Campaign.
- Offer the adults who attend your screening event appropriate handouts from the Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP), or from your country’s optometry or ophthalmological professional organization.
Conducting a Vision Screening
- Organize and set up the screening room.
- Provide free transportation for persons who lack access.
- Assist with record-keeping functions.
- Distribute professional eye health information and publications.
- Provide other assistance to eye care professionals in accordance with local laws and regulations.
Following Up After the Screening
- Refer participants whose screening indicates a need for further medical evaluation.
- Send letters of appreciation to persons involved in the screening. This includes healthcare professionals who donated time, community centers that provided a venue and medical companies or local healthcare providers that donated equipment and supplies.
- Provide publicity after your screening. Let your community know about the details of your event, including the number of persons who benefited from the free public screening. Use social media to highlight your event and issue a press release or other community announcement.
- Use the LCI online Services Activity Report to share information about your screening.
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