The Ohio Optometric Foundation, Mercy Medical Center and Canton City Schools partnered this week to offer free eye exams and eyeglasses to 75 pre-screened students. The students in grades Pre-K to 11 were bused to Allen Elementary — located at 1326 Sherrick Rd. SE in Canton — to receive exams and fittings for glasses of their choice. Vision services and eyewear provided are valued at an estimated $250 per student.
Doctors who volunteered their time during the two-day event include Dr. Steve Hansen, Dr. Jessica Simon, Dr. Grant Lepley, Dr. Kaleel Shaheen, Dr. Scott Sedlacek, Dr. Rose Dickerhoof, Dr. Drusilla Grant, Dr. Lawrence Roth, and Dr. Cheryl Archer, member of the board of directors of Ohio Optometric Foundation, and Tracey Needham, president of the board of directors of Ohio Optometric Foundation.
Ohio Optometric Foundation began iSee (In School Eye Exam program) in 2008. Since then, volunteer optometrists have examined more than 800 students in 12 school districts across the state. Studies show that there is a significant gap between children who are identified as having a vision problem and those who receive follow-up care by an eye care provider. Nearly 50% of the students who do not pass the school vision screening do not follow up with the recommendation to see an optometrist. With 80% of learning coming through the visual system, these children are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to learning and succeeding in school.
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