Hamilton Student Eye Examination Study I (HAMSEEES I)

All children require regular eye examinations throughout childhood in order to ensure that any eye problems are detected and treated in time. Currently, there are no nationally accepted guidelines for screening children for vision problems in Canada. As a result, many children with poor vision or eye disease remain undetected. In fact, despite 80% of a child’s learning is based on vision, only 14% of children under the age of 6 has received an eye examination in Canada. As there is much debate as to which method of screening children for vision disorders is the most accurate, cost-effective and feasible option. The Hamilton SEES I study assesses the accuracy of a novel screening method for elementary school children in Canada. More specifically, the study aims to determine the feasibility and accuracy of training non-eye care professionals to conduct eye examinations on children in elementary schools within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.