The New York State Optometric Association (NYSOA) Vision Screening Battery was administered to 1983 grade school children. Complete visual examinations were performed on 125 children. A consensus method for determining a diagnosis was developed and a double-blind paradigm was used to validate the screening battery. The sensitivity was found to be 71.7% and the specificity to be 65%. When compared to the Snellen test, the NYSOA battery is far more sensitive. The Snellen test is 100% specific but misses 75.5% of the children found to have vision problems when given a complete visual examination.
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in Houston, Texas, December 1983.
Received June 20, 1984; revision received October 30, 1984.
* Optometrist, Member of Faculty, F.A.A.O.
‡ Ph.D., Member of Faculty.
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