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Initiate Kids2See in Your Area: Descriptions and Guide to Supporting Documents

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This is definitely the easiest step. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports:

“Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability among children in the United States and the leading cause of impaired conditions in childhood. Recent studies estimate that only 21% of all preschool children are screened for vision problems and only 14% receive a comprehensive vision exam.”

From speaking to local eye care providers and school officials we found similar if not worse trends in downtown Toronto, despite annual vision exams being free for anyone under 19 years old in Ontario. To combat long term effects of undetected eye disease, a recent study found that, “providers [in Ontario] are interested in the development of structured screening programs.” (Reed & Craft. Optometry and vision science. 2004). We believe Kids2See is a step in the right direction.

See the Toronto District School Board’s eye recommendations here. Manitoba is a step ahead - check out their province wide vision screening program.

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It is critically important that you have an action plan for the children you identify as needing follow-up. Ideally you should contact eye care professionals in the areas of need for convenience to schools and parents. Here is a sample letter of introduction for eye health professionals.

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You do not need to use the exact equipment we use depending on availability and advice from the local eye care professionals. For visual acuity we recommend the Sheridan Gardner, Rollling E, Allen Cards or equivalent and for Stereopsis House Fly Stereopsis or equivalent. Click here for some literature on the tests we use. You can borrow this equipment from local professionals or seek money to purchase the equipment through your school or other sponsors.

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Approach school officials with the program. In our experience many schools used to have public health nurses or opticians come in to administer eye care, so they may be familiar with the process. Click here for a sample letter of introduction to schools.

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To implement the program you will need to work closely with eye health professionals, school officials, and your volunteers. The documents below can be found in the Kids2See supporting documentation pack.

  • For Volunteers
  • For Schools
    • Important screening information for parents and teachers
    • Screening day: what to expect
  • For the Screening
    • Consent Form/Data collection form
  • Follow up letters
    • Children not screened
    • Children screened with no visual problems

If you want to start Kids2See in your area please contact us and we will provide you with editable copies of all the supporting documents. Good luck!