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Hampton City Schools receives $69,630 grant to provide free, comprehensive eye screenings to students

Conexus for Healthy Vision has awarded a $69,630 grant to Hampton City Schools to provide free, comprehensive eye screenings to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, as well as students in 3rd and 7th grades. The screenings will begin at the end of September.

The non-invasive vision screening technology can evaluate a child’s vision very quickly, addressing not only acuity but also potential causes of amblyopia, a disorder that can cause permanent vision loss if not treated early enough. Within about one to five seconds, the equipment evaluates refraction and pupil size and provides a PASS or REFER analysis for Myopia (near-sightedness), Hyperopia (far-sightedness), Anisometropia (unequal refractive power), Astigmatism (blurred vision, eye structure problem), Aniscoria (pupil size deviations), and Strabismus (corneal reflexes, symmetry).

“We always do the mandated vision screenings, but this is a much more comprehensive screening and more helpful for parents,” said Glory Gill, coordinator of nursing.

VisioCheck is a comprehensive program that includes:

  • screenings performed on-site by a credentialed Conexus staff member using the plusoptiX® screening equipment
  • education and awareness components to affect positive behavioral change and increase the likelihood of follow up by parents (including a full color, detailed certificate for each child screened)
  • a follow-up system that includes quality assurance measures, data management and financial assistance for qualified students
  • continued access to Conexus as a professional resource for school health staff.

The screenings will begin Sept. 29 and continue through Oct. 6. Screenings will take place at the following schools: Phenix Pre-K-8 School, Kraft Elementary School, Andrews Pre-K-8 School, Machen Elementary School, Aberdeen Elementary School, Bryan Elementary School, Phillips Elementary School, Asbury Elementary School, Cary Elementary School, Forrest Elementary School, Burbank Elementary School, Bassette Elementary School, Booker Elementary School, Langley Elementary School, Smith Elementary School, Tucker-Capps Elementary School, Cooper Elementary School, Armstrong School for the Arts, Tyler Elementary School, Spratley Gifted Center and Moton Early Childhood Center.

Schools sent home opt-out forms to the parents of students eligible for the screenings.

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