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Vision screening added to new Periodicity Schedule :

January 4, 2016

The 2016 Bright Futures-AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, or Periodicity Schedule, reflects the new guidance on vision screening as follows:

  • The routine screening at age 18 has been changed to a risk assessment.
  • Footnote 7 has been updated to read: “A visual acuity screen is recommended at ages 4 and 5 years, as well as in cooperative 3 year olds. Instrument-based screening may be used to assess risk at ages 12 and 24 months, in addition to the well visits at 3 through 5 years of age. See the 2016 AAP statements, Visual System Assessment in Infants, Children and Young Adults by Pediatricians, and Procedures for Evaluation of the Visual System by Pediatricians.”

The schedule is available at and is published in the January issue of Pediatrics. Access the schedule, with future updates, at

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