Why Do We Need a Vision Program? A policy brief titled “Childhood Vision: Public Challenges & Opportunities”, issued by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, of the George Washington University Medical Center, states that there are approximately 13.5 million children in the United States from birth through age 17 who are affected by some form of vision problem.
Although undetected vision problems affect all children regardless of socio-economic status, there are a few considerations reflective of low-Income children such as: history of poor healthcare or lack of preventative care, delayed detection of visual conditions resulting from a nutritional deficiency, or direct trauma to the eye.
This March, the Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic was pleased to partner with Helen Keller International (HKI) to bring visual health services to all students in grades 4 through 7.
The students took part in a three-part series which included an initial screening, a more thorough exam for those detecting need, and finally the eye glasses and prescription.
This unique opportunity to have this service available for all students in grades 4 through 7 insures that each student needing glasses actually received them.
Business as usual…..students K through 3rd that were registered in the Health Clinic also received exams and glasses by the Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic Eye Team