KidSight will offer free vision screenings at the City Museum (750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. KidSight technicians and volunteers will be onsite to screen children for vision problems, helping to prepare them for success in the classroom this school year. Parents don't need to sign up or pre-register -- just show up on the day of the event and enjoy this free service.
The screenings are painless, non-invasive, and fast. Parents will immediately receive the screening results: either a “pass” or “refer” report. Parents whose children are detected as high-risk for vision problems will be urged to take their children to an eye doctor for examination and any needed treatment.
According to the National Eye Institute, vision problems are the most common handicapping conditions in children. Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing childhood vision loss. Children with undiagnosed vision problems can encounter difficulties learning in school or even suffer permanent vision loss.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive comprehensive eye exams at 6 months old, 3 years old, just before grade school, and every two years thereafter. To find an eye doctor near you, try this search tool.