Each month, we take a team of 12-14 student volunteers into a local inner city elementary school. There, we give basic presentations on general health concepts (proper diet, nutrition, exercise), with a special emphasis on eye care and vision health.
Next, we conduct visual acuity screenings on these same kids. A letter is sent home with every child to their parent/guardian, indicating the general condition of their child's eyesight. Most importantly, the letter will inform the parent/guardian that under Alberta Health Care, anyone under the age of 19 is eligible for one free eye exam per year.
Our primary goal with these screenings is to inform parents about the free service that exists for their children that they may not be aware of. We also match students that we screen with their nearest optometry office for their convenience.
Furhermore, we match interested parents with local organizations (Lenscrafters, Lions Club) that give away free used pairs of eyeglasses, so that their children may obtain eyewear at no cost. This way, we hope to not only educate and identify children with vision deficits, but we can also provide the means for them to be matched to services that examine and treat free of charge.