KidSight Stories

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.”

High-Spirited Preschooler Corrects Vision with Patching Thanks to KidSight

High-Spirited Preschooler Corrects Vision with Patching Thanks to KidSight

Jameson, a 4-year old with a vivid imagination, sits intently at the kitchen table assembling his favorite super hero puzzle. Being able to see the shape of the pieces and the images on the puzzle helps him put the many pieces together, just like being able to see the letters of words helps him read and learn. Able to recite the alphabet since he was a year and half old, Jameson has always been advanced for his age. But when KidSight provided free vision screenings at his preschool, Jameson’s parents found out he had a previously undetected vision problem that could have left him blind in one eye.

Cheerful Preschooler Corrects Double Vision Thanks to KidSight

Cheerful Preschooler Corrects Double Vision Thanks to KidSight

Xavion is an active and cheerful 4-year-old who loves to be outside on the swings. His mom Tina says he talks a mile a minute, likes to joke with others and has a hard, deep laugh that leaves those around him with a smile on their face. But when Xavion would trip or sometimes run into walls, it wasn’t to get a laugh. A KidSight vision screening at his St. Louis preschool identified a possible vision problem for the jovial preschooler. Tina knew the importance of healthy vision to Xavion’s success in school and sought treatment right away.

“He loved writing, but would get frustrated and I think it was his vision,” said Tina. “When I read him a book he’d point to something and say the thing that was above it. He’s a very sweet kid, and I believe that his vision has been holding him back a little bit.”

Independent Preschooler Regains Depth Perception Thanks to KidSight

Independent Preschooler Regains Depth Perception Thanks to KidSight

A happy, independent 4-year-old, Sydney uses her imagination to tell big stories. She’s a kid who prefers to be on the move rather than sit for too long. But Sydney would often trip and fall in her active play. Jessica, Sydney’s mother, said they thought she was clumsy. It turns out Sydney was one of the 10 percent of kids her age who have a vision problem.

“She never gave us any indication that she had eye problems,” said Jessica. “We felt bad she went all that time without seeing well.” Often times, children with vision problems don’t know their sight is poor so they adapt to the vision they have.

After a referral from a KidSight vision screening and a visit to her eye doctor where Sydney was prescribed glasses, Jessica said, “Now, Sydney can walk without falling and spilling things.” Jessica said Sydney used to tilt her head and look at everything off to the side. Sydney’s doctor said she was doing this to see out of her good eye. Now that she has glasses, Sydney looks at things straight on.

Preschooler Gets Needed Eye Care Thanks to KidSight and Parents’ Quick Follow-Through

Preschooler Gets Needed Eye Care Thanks to KidSight and Parents’ Quick Follow-Through

When they received a KidSight referral to take their son Rylan to the eye doctor, Sheila and her husband responded right away. “My husband got the notification and called me saying Rylan’s results were completely off of the chart,” Sheila said. Rylan, a five-year-old from Bowling Green, was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes when he was two years old, so they know the importance of responding quickly to health concerns. “We had kind of noticed that Rylan squinted and wanted to be close to the TV,” Sheila said. “We asked his diabetes doctors about it once, so they screened him and said they weren’t too worried about it just yet.” But when Rylan’s parents received that referral from KidSight, they decided to follow through with an eye doctor visit, and Rylan was wearing his first pair of glasses two weeks later.