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Vision Examinations Versus Screenings in Childhood

4184 Glen Steele OD, FCOVD, FAAO
The Affordable Care Act covers vision care for children from birth to age 18 years, including eyeglasses, as an essential benefit. This is important to families who would not otherwise have access to this service. In the past, children had vision screenings with their family doctor or pediatrician or in school, but screenings are very limited in scope and do not directly lead to diagnosis or treatment. The Affordable Care Act allows for direct access to an eye doctor for examination without having to be referred based on a screening.