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Hearing and Vision

The purpose of hearing and vision screening is to identify children who may have a visual or a hearing impairment. Impairment in either of these areas may prevent a child from obtaining full benefit from their educational opportunities. Vision and hearing problems often go unnoticed because the defects are difficult to notice. Without specific screening tests a problem may not be found until your child develops significant educational or medical problems. Hearing and Vision screening enables us to detect unrecognized conditions as early as possible in order to obtain prompt treatment and resolution to any problems.

HFS covers:


  • Vision screenings for preschool age children, including screening for amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye." To find out more about lazy eye, click on amblyopia brochure

  • Vision screenings for school age children

  • Eye exams

  • Eyeglasses

  • A second pair of eyeglasses, if glasses are lost, broken or medically necessary

  • Only certain eyeglass frames


  • Hearing screenings – at newborn with follow-up as needed, for preschool age children, and school age children

  • Referrals for hearing tests

  • Hearing aids

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