Effectiveness of using teachers to screen eyes of school-going children in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, India
Anand Sudhan, Arun Pandey, Suresh Pandey, Praveen Srivastava, Kamta Prasad Pandey, Bhudhendra Kumar Jain
Publication: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

Published 2014

Key Highlights:

  • The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of teachers in a vision screening program for children in classes 5th to 12th attending school in two blocks of a district of north central India.
  • Five hundred and thirty teachers from 530 schools enrolled 77,778 children in the project and screened 68,833 (88.50%) of enrolled children.
  • Teachers referred 3,822 children (4.91%) with eye defects for further examination by the ophthalmic assistant who confirmed eye defects in 1242 children (1.80% of all screened children).
  • Ophthalmic assistants identified 57.97% referrals as false positives and 6.08% children as false negatives from the random sample of normal children.
  • Spectacles were prescribed to 39.47% of children confirmed with eye defects.
  • Primary vision screening by teachers has effectively reduced the workload of ophthalmic assistants.

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