235139 New Vision Screening Technique called Vision Care

Monday, October 31, 2011

Myrtle Nunn, School Nurse, BSA, MA , Stamford Health Department, Toquam Elementary School, Stamford, CT
Vision Cup Screening Abstract 2011 “Bet'cha You Can't Peek!” The “Vision Cup” was designed to improve the vision screening technique in the school setting because of problems noted with our screening tools such as: Paper cut-outs, plastic spoons, and students' personal hands. First, paper cut-outs scratch the skin, second, the plastic spoons touches the student's eyelashes and third, students can easily peek when they use their hands. This prompted a search for a new eye cover to use during our school's annual vision screenings. The eye cover should be opaque and cover eyeglasses and eyes without touching edges. The size of the cup allows it to be positioned around the eye or eyeglass without causing any discomfort. Whimsical art work was added to the cup to create (not only) a cute and fun cup, but an effective vision tool. During the vision screening, the vision cup must be placed against the nose and flush with the skin, so not to allow gaps. Gaps could cause the vision to be distorted. Both eyes should remain open (with the cup in place) while testing one eye at a time. The cup will also allow for the natural light to be dispersed without being transparent. The “Vision Cup” is an easy, safe, economical, and fun way to screen our student's vision.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1.To explain how to screen the vsion of the school age student without being obtrusive. 2.To demonstrate how to avoid contact and injury to the eye while screening in the school.

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I have been a school nurse for over 30 years. I have worked with the Milwaukee Public Health Department and presently at the Stamford Health Department under the direction of Olga Brown, BSN., MPH., MA.,Director of Nursing Services; Anne Fountain, MPH, Director of Health and Social Services. I also presented an abstract to the APHA titled, "The Future Nurses of America" in 2007.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.