Kids get vision checked; follow up care for free


POSTED: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 11:57am

UPDATED: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 5:59pm

Children at Jefferson Terrace Elementary School in Baton Rouge are getting extra attention from local eye experts Friday. ‘Focus on America’ and Blue Cross Blue Shield teamed up to give free vision screenings to nearly 500 children at the school today.

This program is different from typical in-school screenings. If a problem is found here the child will receive an Eyemasters voucher to fix it.

Curtis Retherford with Eyemasters says it’s that follow up that is most important. "We found that there's one in three of the children that we will screen will actually require further services after this," says Retherford.

Jefferson Terrace Principal Debra Adebutu agrees. She’s lining up all 485 of her students, from Pre-Kindergarten to 5th Grade to be examined.

“It helps them to achieve more because their attention span increases,” says Principal Adebutu. “They become more aware of their surroundings.”

‘Focus on America’ provides free vision screenings and eye care to underinsured and uninsured children across the country.

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