Children’s Vision Screening Program

FACTS about Children’s Vision

1 in 5 Children have an undetected vision problem. Lions Vision Screening teams are operational in
every Australian State and Territory.

  • Vision disorders can have a profound effect on a child’s growth and development
  • Up to 80% of a child’s learning happens through their eyes
  • Most children accept vision problems and adapt. They rarely complain as they believe everyone sees the world just like they do
  • Once detected, most eye conditions in children can be easily corrected
  • Along with allergies and asthma, eye disorders are the most common health conditions suffered by children
  • All children should have a full eye examination before starting school and regularly as they progress through their education

For more information

  Watch this 12 minute Video: LEHP Children’s Presentation

  Download LEHP’s Children Vision Information Brochure: LEHP Children’s Vision and Screening Brochure

  View: January to September 2023 Screening Summary

SCREENING for Children

Vision screening is not a new initiative. It has been around in various forms for many years. Currently, some health and government organisations provide vision screenings, however, they can often be limited in relation to the age of children eligible and the type of screenings performed.

LEHP’s Children’s Vision Screening Program is the most comprehensive program currently available in Australia.

Many Lions Clubs have a team of screeners that could visit your school or community group to carry out vision screening. Contact us to discuss possible screening session options.

What Screenings are performed

Spot Vision Screener

To detect any vision issues associated with:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism (blurred vision)
  • Anisometropia (unequal refractive power)
  • Binocular Vision (eye misalignment)
  • Anisocoria (unequal pupil size)

Screener stands 1 metre away from the child. A State-of-the-Art portable camera is lined up with the child’s eyes. Once in view, the machine takes a picture and formulates a report.

Example of Results from Camera

Visual Acuity

Purpose: To determine how sharp vision is a longer distances. A symbol chart is placed 3m away from the child at head height. Covering one eye at a time, the child is asked to read out the shapes which are visible, line by line.

Colour Vision

Purpose: To determine if the child perceives colour as most people do. Using a set of 7 cards, one by one the child is asked if they can distinguish the number on each card. Numbers are formed using a variety of different dots on contrasting coloured backgrounds.

Stereo Depth Perception

Purpose: To assess the binocular function of the eyes at near tasks. Wearing polarising spectacles the child is asked if they can see or ‘pick up’ the fly jumping out of the page.

Children’s Screening Results


Personalised letters are written and addressed to the relevant parent/guardian. In this letter the results of the screenings are identified, highlighting any areas of concern that should be referred on to an Optometrist for further examination if required.

Who Conducts the Screenings

All screeners are Lions Australia volunteers who have successfully completed a three phase training and accreditation process. A working with children check or similar is mandated. Individual states’ health and safety requirements are also adhered to.

Children Screened

Children Referred onto an Optometrist

Most Common referred conditions

Visual Acuity Colour Vision Stereo Depth Perception Myopia Hyperopia Astigmatism Anisometropia Gaze Anisocoria
25% 20% 28% 4% 3% 10% 5% 3% 1%

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