Lee Ware, Virginia Delegate
“Having spent three decades teaching History and Government to young people, naturally the wellbeing of our children in school is of immense importance to me. How well children can read can determine the quality of their learning, and poor vision is by definition an impediment to reading. Consequently, I admire—and support—Conexus in its mission to expand vision-testing for school pupils.”
When 5-year-old Preston went to school one day, there was a lady there to check his eyes. It was important, his teacher told him, because he needed to be able to see well to read and learn.
Preston was a little nervous, but the lady showed him the box that she would be using to screen his vision. It looked a little bit like the pad he used to play games and watch cartoons. All he had to do was stand still for a few seconds while she looked at him through that box. It was over before he knew it!
This quick and easy screening, called VisioCheck and conducted by Conexus, determined that Preston had astigmatism. Astigmatism can cause blurred vision, which can impact reading and many other activities.
Because one in four school-age children have vision problems significant enough to affect their learning, Conexus provides free vision screenings to thousands of children in Richmond, County of Henrico and Chesterfield County schools. Free optometrist’s exams and eyeglasses are also provided to qualified families through Conexus’ Mobile Clinic Program, in partnership with Impact 100.
“I encourage everyone to try and imagine what it would be like to live your life with your eyes closed,” says Preston’s grandfather. “Now imagine being a child like Preston, knowing that because of Conexus, you will see the world clearly for the first time.”
Preston was examined by the optometrist and he is waiting for his new glasses. Preston’s mom will also keep a close eye on her 1-year-old daughter’s vision to correct any issues as soon as possible.
Keep children’s vision problems from impeding their success by volunteering or donating at Conexus.