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Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting an Eye Doctor

We do not have VISION insurance for our child. What should I do?

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all medical insurance plans are required to cover pediatric vision care. Colorado Medicaid also covers an exam/glasses (if needed). Call the number on the back of your insurance card for more information and to get a list of providers in your network. 

Our child is an infant/toddler. Can we take them to any eye doctor or should we see a specialist?

Some offices are not able to see young children. Please refer to “infant-friendly” eye doctors.  

We do not have insurance and cannot afford  an exam/glasses. What should we do?

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Kidsight Referrals & Screenings

My child hasn’t complained about not being able to see. Should we still schedule an appointment to see an eye doctor?

Yes. Children may not realize that their vision is blurry because it is normal to them! An eye doctor will help you determine if your child has a vision problem and if he/she needs treatment. 

Why are Kidsight Screenings performed on children under 6?

When vision conditions are caught by age 6, there is a greater chance of being able to correct the issue. In addition, most vision conditions detected by KidSight screenings are minor enough that they wouldn’t show obvious signs of vision loss, but significant enough that learning could be negatively impacted if the issue is not corrected. 

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is when the cornea of the eye is misshapen, causing blurred vison. Think of it as the eye being shaped like a football when it is supposed to be shaped like a basketball. 

What is anisometropia?

Anisometropia is a condition where one eye is stronger than the other. Your child’s vision is still developing and the brain could start to favor one eye if it notices that one sees better than the other. If left untreated, it can develop into amblyopia (“lazy eye”) and lead to permanent vision loss in the weak eye. 

Our child is an infant/toddler and cannot read an eye chart. How is vision screening performed?

KidSight uses a portable, automated vision screener that can detect common causes of childhood vision problems. The device takes a photo of the child’s eyes from three feet away and a KidSight screening technician is immediately given a “pass” or “refer” result. The child does not have to say anything and the screening only takes a few seconds.