Provide Vision Screenings to Help Kids Learn
Vision plays an important part for children learning in a typical classroom. In fact, nearly 80 percent of early childhood learning takes place through vision. Unfortunately, nearly one in four school-aged youth suffers from some type of vision problem.
When the problem goes undiagnosed, it can be very frustrating for the child to learn. Other issues may arise from their inability to visually process the information presented, like labels from adults on intelligence or behavior. These issues can have a detrimental effect on their self-esteem.
One of the most efficient and economic methods to detect unknown vision issues is through comprehensive vision screening. However, this check is no longer standard protocol in many school districts. For example, in Minnesota there is no mandated program regarding vision, whether funded or unfunded, after a child enters kindergarten.
The Phillips Eye Institute’s Community Outreach is stepping in to remedy the situation. The group aims to eliminate barriers to care by providing comprehensive vision screening, outreach, and follow-up for children in low-income schools. Through these actions, they plan to creatively address the achievement gap that many of Minnesota’s urban children fall into.
Using a hand-held mobile screening device, called a PlusoptiX, paid staff and volunteers will conduct the screenings that provide immediate feedback of passing or failing the test. They also check for color-blindness, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus, stereo vision, and the overall health of the child’s lids and eyelashes.
By receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment, children begin to improve in their reading levels, comprehension, and even sports performance. The removal of one of the most easily correctable barriers to learning – poor vision – promotes better classroom behavior, higher self-esteem, and better academic performance.
By purchasing a Gift That Gives More™, you can directly support the Phillips Eye Institute’s Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E) Community Initiative. Children in low-level income neighborhoods deserve this opportunity for an increased chance of success. Click here to provide comprehensive vision screening to children in need today.