Students Get Vision Check at Mount Vernon Woods ES Using Kid-Friendly Technology
Preschoolers and second graders at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary were treated to an ‘eye-opening’ screening on Friday, September 27, courtesy of Conexus VisioCheck. This kid-friendly technology allows technicians to screen for vision impairments from a few feet away, taking away the “fright factor” from the process. The screening checks for various refractive errors including astigmatism, hyperopia, and myopia which can be corrected with eyeglasses; however, it also checks for refractive errors which, if not corrected early enough, can lead to permanent vision loss such as anisometropia and amblyopia (lazy eye). Conexus partnered with Mount Vernon Woods as part of its Community School status. A community school is a public school that effectively benefits from partnerships with community resources.
“We have been working with community partners to offer opportunities to our students. In the past we have included our second graders in the vision screening, but this year, we expanded the program to include our pre-kindergarten classrooms as well,” says Principal Clint Mitchell.
Says Conexus president Tim Gresham, “We’ve had this technology for about five years, but it keeps getting better. We have now built the back end into the technology allowing for the data upload.”
This data is provided to the school in the form of a packet which includes a report of all results including number of screenings and number of passes and fails as well as a breakdown of information into classroom and male and female results (necessary for state reporting purposes). Each student is also given a sheet with his or her results and instructions to follow up with an eye doctor if necessary.