1 in 4 children have vision issues that are significant enough to affect learning.
Millions of children in the United States are in need of vision care, with half of them facing barriers that prevent them from receiving the needed vision services. Vision impacts every aspect of a child’s life—from learning, self esteem and social interactions, to participating in activities like music, art, or sports. However, children may not know they are seeing incorrectly, making it difficult for parents or teachers to know there is a vision issue.
The good news is, a majority of the vision problems—such as amblyopia and strabismus—affecting children are treatable. With early detection, it is estimated that upwards of 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured.
Early detection is critical to identify vision issues. That's why we screen over 42,000 children, ages 3-18, each year at preschools, independent schools, head start centers, and more.
In addition to providing vision screenings, our team provides education on the importance of vision health and potential vision issues.
If we find a potential issue during our vision screening, we will provide a report for the child's parents/caregivers indicating the need for a comprehensive eye exam with a doctor.
Through our mobile equipment and volunteer doctors, we're able to provide eye exams at local schools to meet the needs of our community's most vulnerable youth.
For qualified youth who are prescribed eyeglasses during one of our Sight in Schools clinics, our optician will fit their glasses and instruct them on caring for their lenses.
Sight in Schools Vision 2020 Initiative
Youth from underserved communities are at a greater risk of untreated vision problems and have a higher rate of unmet needs for vision care services. To bridge the gap, we are expanding our Sight in Schools program to provide a wraparound service for our community’s most vulnerable youth.
Our Sight in Schools Vision 2020 initiative will focus on providing comprehensive eye exams for students who lack insurance, do not have the financial means to pay out-of-pocket, or have transportation barriers to go to the doctor’s office.
We have partnered with United Way of Northeast Florida’s Full Service Schools and the Duval County Public Schools Vision Department to identify students in Title I schools with the greatest needs.
Our partner optometrists are able to perform the exam in a classroom and prescribe glasses thanks to the new mobile vision equipment we were able to purchase through a grant provided by The Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust.
This initiative is truly providing the gift of sight— a vital tool needed for our community’s youth to reach their full potential and succeed in both school and in life!