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Good, Better, Best Vision Screening Guidelines

Because the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the school setting, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has created a set of vision screening and vision health guidelines, adapted to every school district’s need. If there are specific questions about vision health for your students that these guidelines do not address, please contact Shelby at [email protected]. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin continues to be a resource for vision health during these uncertain times.

 Note: These guidelines do not all represent an evidence-based method for vision screening and should only be used due to the unique situation presented by COVID-19.


Distribution of vision risk factors checklist to parents. This does not substitute a vision screening, but can help parents identify if their child needs an eye exam, if vision screening is not possible.


Screening using 10 ft chart for social distancing, using PPE – this is no longer an evidence-based method for screening. Screening based on teacher referrals.

Preschool: 10 ft LEA symbols wall Chart, using disposable occluders (ie – paper cups)

School-Aged: 10 ft. Snellen/Sloan Chart, using disposable occluders (ie- paper cups)


An evidence-based vision screening with proper PPE, as needed.  Screening all students in grades K4/K5/1/3/5/7

Preschool: 5 ft EyeCheck Chart; PlusOptix; Spot Screener*

School-Aged: 10 ft. Snellen/Sloan Chart

*This method should only be done by a school nurse or other healthcare professional with permission from the school district and child’s guardian, as this is not socially distant.