Nearly 150 elementary school children received comprehensive vision exams at Children’s Vision Day at Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), on Friday, October 11. Students from Jackson Elementary School in Santa Ana, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, and who failed the school-based vision screening, were transported to MBKU’s Eye Care Center for a comprehensive vision exam. Faculty and optometric interns from MBKU’s Southern California College of Optometry provided the vision care and faculty from MBKU’s School of Physician Assistant Studies provided blood pressure testing.
“Marshall B. Ketchum University has a long history of community service and we are committed to ensuring that every school-aged child in Orange County is vision-ready to learn,” said Assistant Professor and Community Vision Care Coordinator Lynn Lowell, O.D. “In one-month’s time we’ll go back to Jackson Elementary School to evaluate the student’s vision and comfort-level with any eyewear that was prescribed at MBKU’s Children’s Vision Day.
Several community-based organizations have combined efforts to provide vision care services for children in need. The Kids Vision for Life program, jointly sponsored by the Essilor Vision Foundation and the Alcon Foundation, as well as the Children’s Health Initiative of Orange County provided the initial vision screenings.
Doug Kriegel reports in this PBS video: