HES holds vision screening

By JESSIE BRYDGES
Staff Writer

Vizavance (formerly Prevent Blindness Oklahoma) is visiting Henryetta Elementary throughout this week to provide vision screenings for the students. 

According to Vizavance, 25 percent of school aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem. 

And 40 percent of children who fail an initial vision screening do not receive appropriate follow up care. 

During the 2015-2016 school year, Vizavance screened 365,156 children throughout the state of Oklahoma. Of those children 36,368 were referred with possible vision problems for a comprehensive eye exam with their local optometrist or ophthalmologist. 

Vizavance strives to educate the public on the importance of eye screenings. 

“Many children will improve academically with vision correction,” said President/CEO for Vizavance Dianna Bonfiglio. 

If vision is the problem, early detection and proper correction can prevent permanent vision loss and negative attitudes towards school.

Vizavance's theme for the 2016-2017 school year was “You are the Key to our success”.

“We want to continue to encourage school staff and parents to make sure that children who are referred receive an  exam and glasses if needed,” Bonfiglio said. 

Vizavance is the only non-profit agency in Oklahoma dedicated exclusively to advancing children's education through better-vision and eye health and safety. Through their children's Vision Screening Program and a 30 year partnership with the Oklahoma Masons, free vision screening has been provided all over Oklahoma. 

If you feel your child has problems with vision, many children in Oklahoma can receive free exams and glasses through SoonerCare, Vision Serivice Plan benefits provided by Vizavance or through their Vision Quest assistance program.

Replacement glasses can be received through the Vizavance OneSight program. 

Infants 0-1 year old may receive a free exam through the InfantSee program provided by local optometrists. For more information, go to www.infantsee.com. 

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