1 in 4 children have an undiagnosed vision problem

EMA’s Eyes is a grant-funded program sponsored by Optometry Cares- The AOA Foundation, Essilor Vision Foundation and Aris Eye Care, P.C.  

 

Montcalm County has received grant funding to offer vision screenings to students in Lakeview Community School.  They will then refer students for eye exams if the screening returns abnormal.  There is also funding through both this grant and the Ema's Eyes program to provide for both a comprehensive eye exam and eyeglasses if needed.

 

If you are interested in having a child’s eyes screened at school then please talk to your child's teacher for more details.

Signs that may indicate a child has a vision problem include:
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking

  • Short attention span

  • Avoiding reading and other close activities

  • Frequent headaches

  • Covering one eye

  • Tilting the head to one side

  • Holding reading materials close to the face

  • An eye turning in or out

  • Seeing double

  • Losing place when reading

  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read

 Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood.  Yet, only 14 percent of children under the age of 6 are likely to have had a comprehensive eye and vision assessment. Vision screenings are not enough to protect the health, development, and well-being of our children.

Statement from Optometry Cares- The AOA Foundation