Vision Screening

The ability to see and hear – the ability to learn – is the key to a child's success. Early detection and treatment of vision and hearing problems can help children develop well and succeed in school.

The Vision and Hearing Program provides FREE vision and hearing screenings to all children in Detroit, ages 3-18 years old.

Our trained staff conducts comprehensive screenings and work to make sure that Detroit’s children are on track for healthy development.


Vision Screening

Many children start school with problems seeing. Vision screening is very important and helps identity problems early. Many vision problems, like amblyopia or lazy eye, can be prevented if detected and treated during pre-school years.


Free screenings are provided annually at:

  • Detroit Head Starts
  • Large day cares
  • Public, private and charter schools

Once a child is in school, screenings continue on a regular basis. Through our Vision Screening Program, children receive initial screening, follow-up testing and referrals. State-approved testing and screening procedures include:

  • Clearness of vision
  • Eye muscle balance
  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness

These tests help us identify children who may have vision problems and need follow-up care. When we find a problem, we send a referral letter home and follow-up to help make sure your child gets the care she or he needs. 

Pre-school children are screened at least once between the ages of 3 and 5 years. School-age children are screened in grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Each year in Michigan, 10 -15% of children who get screened need eye care.


Other Resources


Services provided at the providers on this list are subject to charge. They are not free.


Hours of Operation

To make an appointment for vision screening please call (313) 876-0134
Vision screenings are by appointment only.