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Perspectives Newsletter

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month!

According to Prevent Blindness America, 12.1 million school kids, or 1 in 4 children, experience vision problems, and 1 in 20 are at risk of losing their eyesight permanently.

 

KidSight Vision Screening Program

 

Throughout the year, Saving Sight’s KidSight technicians and volunteers also screen thousands of children at preschools and daycares for the leading causes of childhood blindness at no cost to their families. This is especially important since only 15 percent of children under 6 years of age ever undergo an eye exam. In fact, during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, through our KidSight Program, we screened a record of 59,426 children and referred 3,831 at-risk children to eye care professionals after a screening, with 67 percent receiving follow-up care.


Free KidSight Vision Screenings at St. Louis Science Center, July 9 & 10

KidSight Vision ScreeningSaving Sight will offer free KidSight vision screenings at the St. Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Ave, St Louis, MO 63139) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 , 2016 and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. KidSight technicians and Missouri Lions volunteers will be onsite to screen children for vision problems, helping to prepare them for success in the classroom this school year. Parents don't need to sign up or pre-register -- just show up on the day of the event and enjoy this free service. 

The screenings are painless, non-invasive, and fast. Parents will immediately receive the screening results: either a “pass” or “refer” report. Parents whose children are detected as high-risk for vision problems will be urged to take their children to an eye doctor for examination and any needed treatment.

According to the National Eye Institute, vision problems are the most common handicapping conditions in children. Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing childhood vision loss. Children with undiagnosed vision problems can encounter difficulties learning in school or even suffer permanent vision loss.


Boeing Employees make gift to support KidSight in St. Louis

ECF Boeing St. Louis logoSt. Louis, Mo. – Saving Sight is pleased to announce that the Employee Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis (ECF) has awarded a significant grant in support of Healthy Vision Day in the Greater St. Louis Area.

The ECF of Boeing St. Louis is an employee-operated and -directed giving program that allows employees to support the needs of the St. Louis community via tax-deductible recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts. Boeing pays all administrative costs for the ECF so that 100 percent of every employee dollar contributed supports the community.