Vision Screening (Amblyopia Screening)

Early detection of vision disorders

This information page on the topic “Vision Screening (Amblyopia Screening)” aims to provide information on the enormous significance of early vision screening.

Children must learn to see!

Just like walking or speaking, children must learn to see with both eyes (binocular vision) in the first few years of their life. Every day, parents monitor the progress their children make with their first attempts to walk or to articulate their first words. However, they are unaware of how well and what their child sees. And that despite the fact that two healthy eyes are vital for a child’s well-being. A vision disorder has a negative effect on the child’s achievements at school, increases the risk of accidents in traffic and might limit their career choices.

In 1 out of 5 children there are risk factors that may lead to an amblyopia (weak-sightedness) without early detection

Reducing amblyopia through modern technology!

Despite preventive vision screening presently undertaken, 5.6 percent of adults in Germany are amblyopic (weak-sighted).2 Adults suffering from amblyopia cannot work e.g. as bus drivers, firefighters, policemen or pilots. This high number of people with weak eyesight could be reduced by the use of this new, modern technology. The earlier a vision disorder is detected and treated, the greater the success of treatment.

At present, only a few paediatrician's practices use the modern technology. It is therefore highly likely that parents will take their child to a paediatrician who uses the old vision tests for amblyopia detection, instead of consulting a paediatrician who works with the modern technology for amblyopia screening.

2 of 3 doctors in Germany uses an vision test for amblyopia detection. 1 of 3 doctors ni Germany uses a modern Plusoptix device for amblyopia screening.

All children with the result “refer” should be referred to an eye specialist for further eye examination. The vision screening conducted at a paediatrician does not replace the eye examination performed by an ophthalmologist.

Significance of early vision screening in children

Plusoptix strives to educate the parents about the importance and purpose of early vision screening for children. Parents should know that a modern technology is available that can be used not only to detect amblyopia, but to prevent it through screening.

  • What is “amblyopia” and what is the purpose of “vision screening (amblyopia screening)”?
  • How prevalent is “amblyopia”?
  • Can my child see well?
  • Does my child suffer from a vision disorder?
  • Will my medical aid pay for the vision screening (amblyopia screening) of my child?

In the following, you will find answers to the questions listed above as well as additional information on the topic “vision screening (amblyopia screening)”.

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What is “amblyopia” and what is the purpose of “vision screening (amblyopia screening)”?

„In most cases, amblyopia […] is caused by vision disorders in the first few years of the child’s life that was detected too late and was not corrected early, or by strabismus.“ 2 “Because the eyes are actually intact, standard eye examinations will not detect this disease. In everyday life, the children show hardly any symptoms. This has profound consequences, as vision problems caused by amblyopia have to be treated early: the older the child, the lower the chance of successful treatment.” 3

The aim of “vision screening (amblyopia screening)“ is to detect vision disorders early as part of the preventive vision screening of children. Vision disorders that are not detected and treated in the first few years of a child’s life may lead to permanent amblyopia. Amblyopia cannot be corrected by glasses or other vision aids. In most cases, it is irreversible.

A measurement using a Plusoptix device makes it possible for paediatricians, public health departments and state institutions to detect the most prevalent vision disorders and amblyogenic risk factors in infants from the age of 5 months. In principle, all children who are not already being treated by an ophthalmologist should undergo regular preventive vision screening. The first vision screening should be done as early as possible. It can already be performed in the first year of a child’s life and can optimally be combined with other medical check-ups. It must be repeated at periodic intervals since the eyes change while the child grows and new vision disorders might occur (please read the Information for parents).


Early vision screening can save lives!

Poor eyesight due to a vision disorder has a negative effect on a child’s achievements at school, increases the risk of accidents in traffic and might limit their career choices. But for Brianna, a 7-year old American girl, it was about much more than that! After receiving an result of the Plusoptix eye measuring instrument (Plusoptix Vision Screener), she had to fight for her life!

Read Brianna’s story here who is leading a happy life today after receiving the shock diagnosis “tumor in the eye”.


Information for parents on “vision screening (amblyopia screening)“ – Frequent questions

We strive to educating the parents about the importance and purpose of early vision screening for children. Because just like walking or speaking, children must learn to see with both eyes (binocular vision) in the first few years of their life. Every day, parents monitor the progress their children make with their first attempts to walk or to articulate their first words. However, they are unaware of how well and what their child sees.

Can my child see well? Does my child have poor vision? Does my child suffer from a vision disorder?

What is the purpose of preventive vision screening? When should I take my child for a vision screening examination?

Find answers to all questions that parents might have regarding preventive vision screening of their child in our FAQ section.


Vision Screening (Amblyopia Screening) Using the Plusoptix Vision Screener

  • Contactless
  • From 5 months of age
  • Takes less than one second
  • Clinically proven measuring accuracy
  • Award-winning child-friendly design

For more information on the Plusoptix Vision Screener click here.

“In summary, it can be stated that the easy use of the Plusoptix Vision Screener and the now proposed criteria for referral complementing the clinical examination represent a milestone in preventive eye care of our children.” kinder.ärzte Schweiz Magazin, February 2016

Support for Charitable Vision Screening Projects

Plusoptix instruments can also be used outside the doctor’s rooms. In cooperation with many Lions Clubs and other charitable organisations, the Plusoptix Vision Screeners are used worldwide for charitable vision screening projects. The aim is to ensure a healthy and age-appropriate development of the eyes of every child, regardless of their origin.


What is Plusoptix's role?

Since 2001, Plusoptix GmbH has been developing, manufacturing and marketing medical measuring devices for ophthalmologists and pediatricians. The entire development (hardware and software) and production takes place at the headquarters office in Nuremberg, Germany. Through distribution partners, Plusoptix devices are available in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Thanks to many years of experience in the development of binocular handheld automated refractometers in presently three product lines, Plusoptix’s devices provide an excellent measuring accuracy as well as the highest product quality with the quality seal “Made in Germany”. In Germany, already every 3rd paediatrician in private practice is using an eye scanner from Plusoptix.

Plusoptix-Generationen

Plusoptix attaches particular importance to a unique and especially child-friendly product design, for which we have already received two awards.

For more information on Plusoptix visit: www.plusoptix.de


  1. Donahue SP, Arthur B, Neely DE, Arnold RW, Silbert D, Rubin JR.
    Guidelines for automated preschool vision screening: A 10-year, evidence-based update. J AAPOS. 2013;17(1):4-8.
  2. Berufsverband der Augenärzte:
    http://cms.augeninfo.de/nc/hauptmenu/presse/statistiken/statistik-amblyopie.html (12.06.2017, 11:24 Uhr)
  3. Berufsverband der Kinder- und Jugendärzte:
    https://www.kinderaerzte-im-netz.de/news-archiv/meldung/article/amblyopie-schlechtes-sehen-trotz-guter-augen/ (12.06.2017, 09:24 Uhr)