Learn About the See by Three Vision Screening Program
Program of the Children's Eye Foundation
A big buzzword in philanthropy these days is “sustainability”. In the nonprofit world, this term relates to the impact of a program after grant dollars are gone.
A real-world way to think about sustainability is the difference between teaching a man to fish and giving him a fish. By teaching and training medical professionals on high-quality vision screening techniques, See by Three meets the highest standards of sustainability and provides long-term benefits to children. For six years, See by Three has provided high-quality vision screenings to more than 13,000 children in three states and ensured that those with a vision problem get the care they need.
Why Do Children Need a Vision Screening?
- A Demonstrated Need Exists – two of three children under five have not had a vision screening and they need one.
- The Clock is Ticking – if a common vision disorders like amblyopia are not detected and treated before the age of 7, treatment is much less likely to be successful.
There is An Agreed-Upon Solution – medical organizations unanimously agree that routine vision screenings are an effective mechanism to detect and treat vision problems in children. These organizations include:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics
- United States Preventative Services Task Force
- Bright Futures 2020
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology
- The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
How Does See by Three Meet These Needs?
- Through training, research and public awareness, See by Three equips a region with the tools to detect and prevent blindness.
How Does See by Three Measure Success?
To date, See by Three in North Texas has:
- Trained 176 medical professionals to better screen children’s vision (60% to goal of 200)
- Provided 5,500 children with a necessary vision screening (21% to goal of 26,000)
- Coordinated care for the 550 children (21% to goal of 2,600)
Who Is Against Vision Screenings for Children?
- Although medical organizations unanimously agree that periodic vision screenings provide the best chance to detect and ultimately treat children's vision disorders, optometrists push for mandatory, annual exams for children. Mandatory eye exams are not necessary and are not in the best interest of children.
Stay tuned to find out more information on our new program See You Through.