The doctors and staff here at Uptown Eye Care are very excited to be a part of the Minnesota Optometric Association. The mission of the profession of optometry is to fulfill the vision and eyecare needs of the public through clinical care, research, and education, all of which enhance the quality of life. The Minnesota Optometric Association supports those in the optometric profession by working to advance and improve the primary eyecare that patients receive throughout Minnesota.
The MOA sponsored a bill that was signed into law this year. It is now a law in the state of MN that schools must notify parents that vision screenings are not a substitute for eye exams.
A vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam because vision screenings generally test for distance acuity, or what a child can see at a distance of 20 feet. It does not test for eye function disorders and may miss astigmatism or blurred vision. A child who receives a 20/20 vision test result can not necessarily see clearly to read.
The MOA Children’s Vision Committee, with the help of a federal (HEHP) grant, are supporting an effort to educate families about children’s eye health. To kick off Children’s Vision and Learning month, which is August, and as part of the MOA’s Good Sight For Kindergarten, August 1st is Pre-K Eye Exam Day.
The goal of Pre-K Eye Exam Day is to let families know that good vision is essential to learning, and every child needs to have a comprehensive eye exam before entering school. At least 25% of all school-age children have vision problems that impair their performance in school. This could be as high as 60% because vision problems can be confused with other disorders, and students may unnecessarily receive special education or even be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
We are proud to be participating in this event. On August 1st Dr. Mary Gregory will be offering no cost eye exams to 4 and 5 year olds that will be entering kindergarten this fall. This is a great opportunity to make sure your children are ready for learning with good sight.
Spaces are limited, so please call our office at 763-271-2020 to schedule your child’s Pre-K eye exam today.