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Our program will be providing free vision screenings to children 0-5 years of age. Our goal is to reach 11,000 children by June 30, 2012. Children will be screened with a photorefractive screener from PediaVision. The device screens children for refractive errors, media opacities, ocular misalignment, and anisocoria. Children who fail a screening will be referred to an ophthalmologist or optometrist in their neighborhood who accepts their insurance. If a child does not have insurance, our patient coordinator will work with the family to enroll them in a health insurance program, if they qualify. If a child does not qualify for any coverage, they will be given a comprehensive eye exam at the Loma Linda University Pediatric Ophthalmology Center at no charge. If they need glasses and cannot afford them, they will be provided with them through the funds provided by this grant.
We hope to catch vision problems in children at an early age so that proper interventional measure can be taken in order to prevent amblyopia. Our program is also seeking to educate parents about common visual problems and warning signs to look for in their children.
We are asking optometrists and ophthalmologists in Riverside County to assist us in helping these children receive the care they need. When the photoscreener picks up amblyogenic risk factors, we would like to have a list of optometrists and ophthalmologists in their area to refer them to in order to obtain a complete eye exam. We ask that participants agree to the program guidelines listed below.
- Cycloplegic refraction and dilated fundus examination
- Eyeglass prescriptions following the Vision Intervention Program guidelines
- Documentation of your findings returned to us by fax