Groups Urge Comprehensive Eye Exams for Schoolchildren
Proponents say less intensive screenings miss some problems
When Jillian Benoit had vision screenings as a preschooler in Jacksonville, Fla., she thought of the exercise, one that millions of schoolchildren undergo each year, as a game.
She didn’t know she couldn’t see well out of her right eye, so when screeners asked what she saw when she covered that eye, she recited what she’d read with her left. Getting the answers right during what Jillian called “the lollipop game” earned her a sucker, she told her mother.
It wasn’t until Jillian was 5½ and a teacher dressed her like a pirate, placing a patch over her left eye as the class studied the letter P, that the weakness in Jillian’s right eye was discovered. With the patch covering her good eye,...
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