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Ophthalmology (AAO)

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Pediatric Ophthalmology and
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New Joint Policy Statement and Clinical Report on
Visual System Assessment

A new joint AAP/AAPOS/AAO/AACO policy statement on “Visual System Assessment in Infants, Children, and Young Adults by Pediatricians” and a supporting clinical report, “Procedures for the Evaluation of the Visual System by Pediatricians”, were released in January 2016. The new statements supplant the following AAP policies: Eye Examination in Infants, Children and Young Adults by Pediatricians (2003); Red Reflex Examination in Neonates, Infants and Children (2008); and Instrument-Based Pediatric Vision Screening (2012). The new policy statement and clinical report offer updated guidance for eye examination and vision assessment, including frequency of procedures as well as detailing validated methods pediatricians can use for examining the eyes and visual system of patients from newborns to adolescents.

AAP Takes ACTION - Advocates for Third Party Payment for Vision Screening Per the New January 2016 Policy Statement on Visual System Assessment

In February 2016, the AAP sent a letter to the largest national and regional carriers informing them of new AAP published recommendations for vision screening. The letter urges payers to provide benefits coverage and appropriate payment for vision screening, particularly instrument based screening, based on the newly published recommendations.

Section on Ophthalmology Service Award
*Dr. Sean Donahue*

The 2016 Award for Outstanding Service to the AAP Section on Ophthalmology was presented to Dr. Sean Donahue in April 2016 for his remarkable work as lead author of the new joint AAP/AAPOS/ AAO/AACO policy statement “Visual System Assessment in Infants, Children, and Young Adults by Pediatricians” and its supporting clinical report, “Procedures for the Evaluation of the Visual System by Pediatricians”. Congratulations to Dr. Donahue, and many thanks for all your efforts!

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness Issues New Report to Improve Children’s Vision Health

Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues
Report Includes Detailed Statistics, Information and Strategies to Improve Children’s Vision in the United States.

Upcoming Meetings

AAPOS 43rd Annual Meeting - April 2-6 – Nashville
AAP National Conference and Exhibition - September 16-19 - Chicago
Pediatric Ophthalmology Subspecialty Day – November 11, 2017 – New Orleans

Executive Committee

Daniel J Karr, MD FAAP
Portland, OR

Geoffrey E Bradford, MD FAAP
Morgantown, WV

Kanwal Nischal, MD, FAAP
Pittsburgh, PA

John Roarty, MD, FAAP
Detroit, MI

Steven E Rubin, MD FAAP
Great Neck, NY

Donny Won Suh, MD FAAP
Omaha, NE

Sharon S Lehman, MD FAAP
Immediate Past Chair
Wilmington, DE

George S Ellis Jr, MD FAAP
Section Historian
New Orleans, LA


Pamela Erskine Williams, MD

American Academy of
Ophthalmology (AAO)

Gregg T Lueder, MD FAAP
American Academy of
Ophthalmology Council (AAOC)

Christie L Morse, MD FAAP
American Association for
Pediatric Ophthalmology and
Strabismus (AAPOS)

Shelley Klein, CO
American Association of Certified
Orthoptists (AACO)


Jennifer Riefe, MEd
Division of Hospital and Surgical


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