KidSight

KidSight is our signature charitable program. Since 1995, KidSight technicians and volunteers have conducted more than 440,000 vision screenings for Missouri children (ages 6 months to 6 years old) to identify the most common causes of childhood vision loss, free of charge. 


If your child recently participated in a free vision screening conducted by KidSight, please take a moment to fill out a survey? Your answers will help us improve the efficiency and effectiveness of KidSight. Any information you provide will be greatly appreciated and kept confidential.

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Vision Screenings for Healthy Vision

Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” and other frequent causes of vision loss in children can usually be treated successfully if they are identified and treated at an early age. That's why the KidSight program visits childcare facilities and child-friendly events throughout the state to screen for vision problems free of charge. Using a Plusoptix photoscreening device, our trained technicians quickly and noninvasively take a picture of each child’s eyes, and the device produces an immediate “pass” or “refer” result. For children who receive a “refer” report, we strongly encourage the parents to take these children to eye doctors for professional examination and any necessary treatment. KidSight provides parents with timely, accurate, and free health information so they can preserve their children’s sight.

Healthy vision is essential to cognitive growth and success in school. So KidSight is partnering with the Missouri Optometric Association and other Missouri eye doctors to develop a network of eye care providers for the children that KidSight detects to be at risk for vision loss. When children can see better, they can do better in school, too!

The American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology both recommend that children receive professional eye examinations before starting school. You can search for a child-friendly eye doctor in your area using our new Eye Doctor Search Tool.


Lives Changed by KidSight

Glasses Help 3-year-old in the Classroom Thanks to KidSight Screening

David sits at the kitchen table cutting a piece of paper while wearing his new glasses.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

Nurse Susan helps coordinate KidSight vision screenings for her district's youngest students to prevent childhood vision loss and ensure kids are prepared to learn.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.


High-Spirited Preschooler Corrects Vision with Patching Thanks to KidSight

Jameson smiles in new glasses and eye patch that is helping to strengthen his eye.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 Saving Sight provided free KidSight 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.