Health centers in the West region for the first time promote displays for children who complete two years until the end of 2018 to detect early appearance changes.
The Health Centers (ACES) in the West and North West regions are the first in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region where children's visual screening starts and ends only in 2019, has informed the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon The Fro do ARSLVT Tejo).
"With Children's Visual Health Screening, we focus on solving early sight problems, such as strabismus, myopia, farsightedness and astigmatism, providing, when necessary, a referral to an ophthalmology clinic in a hospital," said Eunice Carrapiço, GP and program co-ordinator at ARSLVT.
Screening consists of a total of 3,000 children.
Amblyopia, an ophthalmic disorder characterized by a visual reduction, occurs from an early age without symptoms or behavioral changes. Amblyopia is considered to be the most frequent visual loss case between the ages of 20 and 70 and its prevalence in developed countries varies from 1 to 5%.
Health centers will carry out screening and screening tests, and beneficiaries will be exempt from paying the moderation fee.
The test includes making a picture in the eyes of the child, having to do with innovative, fast and painless technology that allows the identification of risk factors for amblyopia. The image is sent to the Ophthalmology Institute's reading center. Gama Pinto, where it is analyzed by an ophthalmologist.
If the tests performed do not show any change in the vision, the child returns to the screening list and can be reorganized for a new examination at the age of four. If the ophthalmologist finds changes, the child will be called for an ophthalmology consultation at the hospital, where it is evaluated, diagnosed and, if necessary, treated.
ACES Oeste Norte integrates Alcobaça, Nazaré, Caldas da Rainha, Óbidos, Peniche a Bombarral, health centers in the Leiria, ACES Oeste Sul area, Lourinhã health centers, Cadaval, Torres Vedras, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Mafra, in the Lisbon area.