KidSight Vision Screening Program

Since 1995, KidSight technicians and volunteers have conducted more than 500,000 vision screenings for Missouri children to identify the most common causes of childhood vision loss. 


If your child recently participated in a free vision screening conducted by KidSight, please take a moment to fill out a survey? Your answers will help us improve the efficiency and effectiveness of KidSight. Any information you provide will be greatly appreciated and kept confidential.

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Vision Screenings for Healthy Vision

Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” and other frequent causes of vision loss in children can usually be treated successfully if they are identified and treated at an early age. That's why the KidSight program visits childcare facilities and child-friendly events throughout the state to screen for vision problems free of charge. Using a Plusoptix photoscreening device, our trained technicians quickly and noninvasively take a picture of each child’s eyes, and the device produces an immediate “pass” or “refer” result. For children who receive a “refer” report, we strongly encourage the parents to take these children to eye doctors for professional examination and any necessary treatment. KidSight provides parents with timely, accurate, and free health information so they can preserve their children’s sight.

Healthy vision is essential to cognitive growth and success in school. So KidSight is partnering with the Missouri Optometric Association and other Missouri eye doctors to develop a network of eye care providers for the children that KidSight detects to be at risk for vision loss. When children can see better, they can do better in school, too!

The American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology both recommend that children receive professional eye examinations before starting school. You can search for a child-friendly eye doctor in your area using our new Eye Doctor Search Tool.


Lives Changed by KidSight

Active Four-Year-Old Corrects Anisometropia Thanks to a KidSight Vision Screening

Active Four-Year-Old Corrects Anisometropia Thanks to a KidSight Vision Screening

Whether it’s dashing across the field after a soccer ball or tapping out beats on the drums, four-year-old Hudson likes to be in the thick of the action. He also has a great imagination, enjoys art projects that involve coloring, cutting and taping things together and is already beginning to recognize words and letters in books. With his great eye-hand coordination and early ability to recognize letters, his parents Matt and Emily were surprised when a KidSight vision screening at his daycare identified Hudson may have a vision problem.

“I am a physician and this is something we still would never have caught without the screening because his one eye sees so well,” said Emily. “We took [the screening results] very seriously and got [an eye exam] scheduled in the next month.”

Glasses Help 3-year-old in the Classroom Thanks to KidSight Screening

Glasses Help 3-year-old in the Classroom Thanks to KidSight Screening

David sits on his knees at the kitchen table gazing intently at the sheet of construction paper he holds in his hands. Maneuvering scissors around the lines as he cuts the shapes on the paper is a challenging task for the three-year-old, but he’s focused. As David’s mom Sarah walks through the room, she remembers a time not too long ago her persistent preschooler wouldn’t even pick up a pair of scissors. But since a KidSight vision screening identified a problem with David’s vision, with glasses on, he’s been developing his fine motor skills through regular cutting practice.

Long-Time School Nurse Discusses Importance of KidSight

Long-Time School Nurse Discusses Importance of KidSight

Nurse Susan, RN, BSN, is a familiar face around the South Holt R-1 School District. For 32 years she’s worked with students from preschool through 12th grade to promote student wellness. That’s included coordinating KidSight vision screenings for the district’s youngest students to prevent childhood vision loss and ensure kids are prepared to learn.

“If you don’t identify a vision problem early, a child could start to fall behind in school or be diagnosed with a learning disability,” said Susan. “Your primary grades are the foundation – birth to 3 is so critical for cognitive development, eye-hand-coordination, fine motor skills and visual tracking. Your eyes have to work with everything to succeed.”