Prevent Blindness Georgia: Star Pupils Program

We exist to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

 

One in 20 young children has a vision problem that, if left untreated, may lead to permanent vision loss.  Early detection and treatment of vision problems are critical at a young age as it results in better treatment outcomes.  Because 80% of what a child learns is visual, good eyesight is essential for learning; and 80% of all vision impairment is preventable and curable.  Vision plays an important role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development.

Last year, nearly 8% of the children that we vision screened failed the vision screenings and were referred for further eye care.  Nearly 3% of children younger than 18 years of age are blind or visually impaired; and 30% of the world’s children experience vision problems that, if uncorrected, can impair or have a significant impact on their long-term health, school performance, emotional, and support development.

 

In the 2017-18 school year, there were 1,476 preschool children enrolled in Carroll, Haralson, and Heard Counties.  We were only able to screen 156 of those children.  The cost of vision screening is $10 for each child.  With $5,000, we would be able to expand our program to vision screen an additional 500 preschool children in Carroll, Haralson, and Heard Counties during the 2018-19 school year.

 

Star Pupils performs vision screenings for 3 to 5-year-old children in lottery-funded Head Start programs, publix and private preschools, and childcare centers.  Certified screeners provide acuity screenings and observation for signs of vision problems in effort to detect conditions that may lead to permanent vision loss. 

Children we refer are often found to have conditions such as amblyopia, strabismus, and significant refractive error.  We also assist families in finding resources for care such as vouchers and replacement eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them.

Our goal is for no child to needlessly lose their sight or for their learning development to be negatively affected due to preventable vision loss.  Please donate today to help us screen as many kids as possible and ensure these children have healthy eyes for healthy futures.