Are school vision screenings reliable?

Published on
July 24, 2022

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), school vision screenings only cover 4% of a comprehensive eye exam and miss 75% of vision problems.

Los Angeles Pediatric Optometrist, Dr. Ikeda explains

School vision screenings are essential in the opinion of Dr. Eric Ikeda FCOVD who has decades of experience in the field. He missed school vision screenings in childhood, because he was shy which resulted in his vision problem not being detected. Consequently, his eyesight was getting worse. He had difficulty copying off the board, so the teacher sent him to the nurse, who diagnosed him with nearsightedness.

With the local school districts, Dr. Ikeda has been working on an effective, but efficient way to screen children's vision in the local school district. Students are often tested only at 20 feet during school screenings. It's mostly distance acuity that's measured. Dr. Ikeda has implemented both distance and near screening as most of the children spend most of their time reading and writing on their desks. Therefore, both of these distances must be evaluated to help children learn effectively.

What is a RightEye Sensorimotor? How can it be used in vision screening?

The RightEye Sensorimotor examination system can be used by optometrists and ophthalmologists to identify binocular vision issues and oculomotor dysfunction objectively and quickly on every patient. One of the benefits of using this technology during a school screening is that it allows the students to undergo a more thorough evaluation while being mindful of the need to check many students every day.

How do we conduct our school vision screenings?

We at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach work a lot with the private and public schools. Rather than just requesting students to look at a letter chart, we have established a more comprehensive visual screening. They will be examined for eye movement skills and we will have them listen to certain sounds, or do certain tests to determine whether or not they suffer from auditory visual deficits. Additionally, we have them copy something to show us how well they grasp pencils and if they have the ability to visualize what the target is and be able to transfer that image onto paper. When we conduct those types of screenings, we enlist the help of several parents so that they can see how comprehensive the visual process is. As they see their child and their performance, they're able to get a better understanding of why they're having difficulty doing certain things like spelling or when they are engaging in physical activities. Much of that involves visual processes.

Schedule a comprehensive eye exam or school screening!

We would be happy to come to your school and provide an advanced developmental school vision screening at no charge for your students. Call our office today at  (562) 925-6591 to discuss the next steps to set up a school vision screening in Los Angeles. 

Furthermore, when it comes to checking your child's health, you wouldn't rely on an overly simple screening performed by somebody who's not an expert in that field. So while a school vision screening is an important first step, it is highly encouraged that every child have a comprehensive developmental eye exam before entering into first grade.  It is important to take good care of your eyes, especially your children's eyes. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam you can call us at (562) 925-6591 or visit us at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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