Apr 26, 2012
Rochester, NY — In celebration of Healthy Vision Month this May, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes today announced a joint effort focused on raising awareness of the need for early vision screenings among young children and the growing funding gap that has limited the expansion of this vital program.
“Statistically, one in four school-aged children suffers from vision problems that could potentially lead to blindness,” says Kimberly Lawrence, Vision Wellness and Preventive Services Coordinator. “We know that if diagnosed and treated before a child turns five, most of the irreversible vision disorders can be prevented.”
ABVI offers free early vision screenings throughout the community. Staff members utilize a streamlined assessment procedure that detects amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes) and refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism in children as young as six months.
“Vision screening results are immediately reported to a child’s parents. If we detect a vision issue, we recommend the parents obtain a comprehensive eye exam for the child,” says Lawrence. “We will also assist families that need it to ensure their children receive the best follow-up treatment and care.”
During Healthy Vision Month, ABVI is holding two free vision screenings for children between the ages of six months and five years.
The first is on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Goodwill store located at 50 Webster Commons Blvd., in Webster.
The second screening will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Goodwill store located at 1635 North Wilson Road in Macedon, Wayne County.
In addition to the free screenings, Goodwill is once again holding the Eye Care for All Kids Campaign to raise much-needed funds to support the vital vision care programs ABVI offers. All 10 of Goodwill’s local stores will accept $1 and $5 donations at the registers from Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 20. Money raised will directly support ABVI’s vision wellness and outreach programs for kids.
“There is no better time than during Healthy Vision Month to promote ABVI’s vision wellness programs and the ever-increasing need for support that will make a positive impact on our community’s most vital asset – our children,” says Kristen O’Connell, Development Manager.