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Eye Health & Good Vision | Checking Children’s Vision

This is an Extension Activity from Message 12 of the Children’s Participation in Eye Health and the Promotion of Good Vision resource book for teachers and educators. Read more about the book and download it now!

Children checking children’s vision

Please note that this activity does not replace the need for an eye health worker to check children’s eyes. The E Chart is for teachers and children to use to be aware of one part of an eye test. An eye health worker has important knowledge and special training and the checks they make will find out about a child’s eye sight and other eye health problems. After the checks, the eye health worker will tell the parents exactly what to do next. Print the E Chart below. Make sure when you print it the black box in the lower right corner measures 2 cm x 2 cm.

  • Attach the E Chart to a wall or tree.
  • Measure a 3-meter (10-foot) distance from the tree or wall. Mark the spot.
  • Ask the child to stand on the mark and cover their left eye.
  • Point to the first E. Ask the child to point in the same direction as the E. Repeat with the other Es.
  • The child should now cover their right eye.
  • Repeat the test.
  • Write down the names of any children who did not get all the directions of the E right. This means that they may need to have another check conducted by a trained teacher or eye health worker.
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