Where can I go for an office appointment?,
There are two offices available for vision screening
appointments: the Southfield Office and Pontiac Office. A limited number of vision screening appointments are
also available at the Walled Lake Community Education Center.
Who does the screening?,
Technicians, who have all completed a Michigan Department of
Community Health Hearing or Vision Screening Technician Training Course, administers the screenings and attend a MDCH Skills Workshop
bi-annually. There are no physicians on staff.
What is the vision state mandate?,
The Public Health Code 368 of 1978 mandates local health departments
to provide free periodic vision screening to preschool and
school-age children within their jurisdiction.
What grades are screened in school settings and participating nursery schools?,
Vision screens four year old preschoolers, first, third, fifth and
seventh graders and driver education students. Ungraded educational programs are screened for vision
every other year.
How is vision screening performed?,
An age appropriate vision screening instrument is used to screen for
eye muscle imbalance and clearness of vision.
Will I be notified of my child's vision screening results done in the schools?,
You will be notified only if your
child does not pass the screening.
Does my child need vision screening for Kindergarten entry?,
Vision screening is required for kindergarten entry in Oakland County
How can I tell if my child may have a vision problems?,
It is not always easy to tell. Many young children do not realize
there is a problem; they think everyone sees that way. Some signs to look for
1. Redness or frequent
tearing of the eyes.
2. Squinting or closing one
eye while trying to see something.
3. Head tilting or
positioning while trying to see something.
4. Frequent complaints of
headaches, dizziness or of eyes "hurting" or "itching."
5. Physical observations,
such as eyes appearing "crossed" or wandering or even droopy eye