Pediatric guideline available for peer and public review

Pediatric guideline available for peer and public review

Public feedback is encouraged on the AOA's next evidence-based clinical practice guideline concerning pediatric care as the updated recommendations near completion.

Peer and public review provides the EBO Committee with necessary feedback.

Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination, the latest clinical practice guideline to undergo review by the AOA Evidence-Based Optometry (EBO) Committee, is available online for a 30-day peer and public review period. This guideline describes appropriate examination procedures for evaluation of the eye health and vision status of infants and children to reduce the risk of vision loss and facilitate normal visual development.

The guideline helps doctors of optometry:

  • Develop an appropriate timetable for eye and vision examinations for pediatric patients
  • Select appropriate examination procedures for all pediatric patients
  • Examine the eye health and visual status of pediatric patients effectively
  • Minimize or avoid the adverse effects of eye and vision problems in children through early identification, education, treatment and prevention
  • Inform and educate patients, parents/caregivers and other health care providers about the importance and frequency of pediatric eye and vision examinations

This clinical practice guideline comes on the heels of the Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination, also recently having undergone revisions to meet the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for evidence-based recommendations. As part of those standards, guideline development requires external review from relevant stakeholders, such as scientific and clinical experts, agencies, industry and the public.

It's this rigorous evidence-based process that keeps optometry at the forefront of clinical guideline development, delivering AOA members quality, comprehensive patient care resources that have captured the attention of the larger health care community.

In March 2015, Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination was presented at the Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N/NA) conference as a model of how to develop clearly defined, comprehensive action statements for translation to patient care. Other G-I-N/NA organizations at the conference included the American Cancer Society and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality.

Click here to access both AOA's evidence-based and consensus-based clinical practice guidelines.

How to participate
Review of the Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination guideline provides the EBO Committee with the necessary feedback to know how best to reach multiple stakeholders with interest in the guideline.

To participate:

  1. Click here to access the draft guideline and the online Peer & Public Review Comment Form.
  2. Log all comments and suggestions within the document.
  3. Forward the completed document to

The peer and public review period officially begins May 18, 2016, and comments will be accepted through June 18, 2016. The completed pediatric guideline could be available later in 2016.

Read more about the AOA's evidence-based process for clinical practice guidelines in the January/February 2014 edition of AOA Focus.

May 18, 2016

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