• AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care

    Policy

    Glasses are medically necessary to prevent permanent visual loss due to a number of eye conditions in children. These conditions include high or asymmetric refractive error, strabismus, amblyopia, aphakia, pseudophakia, congenital ocular anomalies, neurologic disorders, medication side effects, and for protection in cases where the child has only one well-functioning eye.

    Approvals

    American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus,
    Board of Directors, March 2002

    American Academy of Ophthalmology,  
    Board of Trustees, April 2002 

    Reaffirmed by:

    American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus,
    Board of Directors, May 2007
    American Academy of Ophthalmology,
    Board of Trustees, May 2007

    American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus,
    Board of Directors, November 2013
    American Academy of Ophthalmology,
    Board of Trustees, November 2013 

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    P.O. Box 7424 / San Francisco, CA 94102 / 415.561.8500

    American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
    P.O. Box 193832 / San Francisco, CA 94119-3832 / 415.561.8505