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When performing vision screening for elementary students should I refer them to an eye doctor if they lean forward or turn their head to the side while looking at the eye chart?   

Any abnormality discovered during a vision screening exam should prompt one to refer the patient to an ophthalmologist. Leaning forward suggests they may need glasses. Turning the head to one side could suggest a few things, but may indicate an abnormality with one of the extraocular muscles or a retina problem within the eye.

Answered by: Robert Melendez, MDDr. Robert Melendez

Categories: Children's Eye Health, Vision Correction

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Answered: Nov 20, 2012

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