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National Expert Panel on Vision and Eye Health Makes Recommendations for Preschool-Aged Children

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NECO Professors Bruce Moore and Stacy Lyons share their expertise as part of the National Expert Panel for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health


The National Expert Panel (NEP) of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness released three papers this week to promote vision health for young children. New England College of Optometry professors Bruce Moore and Stacy Lyons serve as panel members for the NEP, as well as the Director of the Northeast Region of Prevent Blindness, Kathy Mazjoub.

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness works to mobilize leaders and health care professionals to address challenges and create strategy to ensure children receive vision screenings prior to their entry into school. To help form strategy, advocate for change, and conduct vision research, the NCCVEH developed a National Expert Panel (NEP). The NEP is a panel of national experts in optometry, public health and government who share their expertise to promote strong vision care for children. They help create standards and an approach to vision care by making “recommendations towards the establishment of performance measures for children’s vision screening and mechanisms for uniform data collection and reporting.” (source)

The National Expert Panel’s new recommendations include specific strategies and guidelines to promote, assess, and document vision health and screenings for children ages 36 to 72 months. These NEP reports will be published in the upcoming issue (January 2015) of Optometry and Vision Science. Specifically, the papers address:

The creation of a national data system will allow care-givers to monitor and track follow-up care and examinations when problems are identified. This data will also allow better access to national statistics for vision health and disease.

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