Elementary School Vision Screening

by SKHC Editor on May 15, 2009

In the United States millions of children in elementary schools have vision problems that go undetected and untreated. If you can’t see properly how can you function properly? Not being able to see clearly can hinder your ability to learn.

The Vision Council reported that 16 states require no school vision testing and of the schools where screening is mandatory follow-ups were not always effective and in some circumstances nonexistent.

As a school nurse you may want to do vision testing but the funds may not always be there, however, there’s hope. The Essilor Vision Foundation was created to establish teams that adopt entire schools to annually test students’ vision and provide glasses and follow-up care to those who need them for free. How awesome is that?

“The program works by having volunteers ‘adopt’ a school to provide free vision screening and free glasses for children year after year while they are in school. I personally think the program provides a tremendous service because there is absolutely no cost to the school or the students and there is an enormous need for vision testing and eyeglasses among young children” noted John Sailer, Senior Editor of First Vision Media Group who wrote the article “Kids Get Free Glasses” in the May 2009 Vision Care Venture issue.

What vision screening actions are taken at your school? Are they provided to select grades throughout the elementary years? Does the school district set aside funds for eye exams?

Sources: VisionCareVenture.com

{ 2 comments }

Miriam Ortega (teacher) September 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Hello,
My name is Miriam Ortega. I am a second grade teacher at Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School in Hollywood. I would like to get some information on how we can obtain your services at our school. We work in a community where most families are low income and cannot afford to take their children to get a vision test. Unfortunately this year we do not have a school nurse. It has been my experience, that when a child is performing below grade, level vision or hearing tends to be the root of the problem. We just started classes this week and I would like to have my student’s vision/hearing tested. Ideally I would like the whole school tested but if not possible, then just my class. Would you kindly return my message or perhaps direct me to someone who can help me, I’d greatly appreciate it! I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You,
Miriam Ortega

SKHC Editor December 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Hi Miriam,

I’m sorry to hear you do not have a school nurse this year. That seems to be the case more often in school’s across the country.

I would suggest starting with your school board to see if they have any suggestions on who would be able to provide free hearing and vision screenings. If they are unable to direct you I would then suggest contacting local pediatrician’s offices and see if they know of any services.

These links also may be of help:

http://hearinglossca.org/resources-and-support/other-organizations

http://www.heartsandminds.org/self/links/senselinks.htm

Although some of the services in these links are geared toward people who are already deaf or blind, they may be able to direct you towards preventative services.

Best,
Sarah

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