Vision Screening

Vision Screening

The Health Division's Vision Program provides no cost:

  • State-mandated vision screening in Oakland County schools
  • Vision screenings by appointment for children age 3 through 18 who reside in Oakland County or attend an Oakland County school
  • Referrals to other resources
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Where can I go for an office appointment?,
There are two offices available for hearing appointments, one in Southfield and another in Pontiac. You can find directions and a map here.
Who does the screening?,
Public Health 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 schools.
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 are:
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 lids.

 Contact Us

South Oakland Health Center

27725 Greenfield Rd., Southfield
Phone: 248-424-7070
Fax: 248-424-7089