Free Screenings for
School-Aged Children who Struggle
Wichita Vision Development Center invites parents of
school-aged children in
Wichita and south-central Kansas to schedule a free vision screening when they
suspect their child may be struggling with poor vision or inadequate visual
skills. The screenings are offered at
no cost or obligation as part of our community service commitment to help
identify at-risk children who are struggling needlessly because of poor vision.
should parents schedule a vision screening for their child? Studies show
that the only eye test most children receive is at school. However, school
vision tests are usually limited to only checking a child's eyesight, or
sharpness of vision. Unfortunately, one in four children suffers from
other vision problems which schools are not equipped to check. Schools can
check a child's distance vision but have no way of testing the close-up visual
skills needed for reading and most school work, skills such as tracking,
focusing, and eye teaming. A child can have good distance vision (20/20) and
still have other vision problems which make reading and school performance
will the screening check?
Clarity of sight:
Does your child have the sharpness of vision required to see the board clearly
from the back of the room or to read the print in his textbooks?
How much effort does it take for your child to use his eyes together at the
close-up distances required for reading? Can he coordinate his eye
movements well enough so that the print doesn't move, blur, scramble, or go
Can your child keep the print on the page clear when reading for long periods of
time? Can he quickly shift focus when looking from the board to his desk
and back to the board again?
Can your child accurately follow a line of print without losing his place?
Does he have the control for the precise eye movements required in
can parents expect from the vision screening?
The vision screening is not an eye exam. It is performed by a
therapist, not a doctor. It does not evaluate the best prescription for
glasses, nor does it check for a child's eye health. However, it does give
parents an accurate indication of vision problems which can affect their child's
school performance. If areas of concern are indicated, we will discuss the
screening results with the parents and may make a recommendation for a complete
examination to fully evaluate the area of concern. If the screening finds
no indication of a vision problem, the parents have the peace of mind of knowing
that their child has the visual skills necessary to do well in school.
to schedule a free vision screening:
We invite you to call our office at 316-722-3740
and tell the receptionist that you want to schedule a free screening.
She'll be happy to set up your appointment!
Vision Screenings for Infants and Toddlers
The early years of
life from birth until age five are crucial for a child’s visual development
and eye health. The American Optometric Association recognizes how
important it is to get your baby's vision off to a good start. InfantSEE™
is a free public health program for children during their first year of life;
participating AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment at
no cost to the parents. Visit www.infantsee.org
for more information.
Kansas Optometric Association also sponsors the "See to Learn"
program. In order to identify vision problems in pre-school children, all
three-year-olds in Kansas are eligible for free vision screenings by
participating KOA optometrists. Contact your local Kansas optometrist for
more information, or visit the See-To-Learn web site at www.seetolearn.com.
you live in Wichita, Child and Family Optometry
participates in both the InfantSEE™ and See to Learn™ programs. We
invite you to call (316) 721-8877 to schedule an appointment.