Meridian’s mom, Cheryl, knew very early that something was wrong with her baby’s eye sight. She could not find answers to her many questions, despite trips to a variety of professionals. By the age of two, Meridian was wearing a pair of cute little glasses, but her vision continued to decline. Finally, a specialist diagnosed “ocular albinism.” While this condition means a lifetime of severely impaired vision, Cheryl has found comfort in knowing what they will face together. She is also comforted to know that The Sight Center will be there for her child – and for her – to help Meridian grow to be an independent adult in a sighted world.
One of the two primary missions of The Sight Center is prevention of blindness. We accomplish this through a variety of programs, including vision screening, our low income eye glass and eye exam program, and a public education program on child’s eye safety.
Children with poor vision do not necessarily know how well they should see. Their vision may blur, they may see double, or have good vision in only one eye. Children may not complain because they do not know they should see better and parents cannot be sure about a child’s vision by simply observing him or her.
The preschool years are the best time to discover eye defects for the maximum results in correction. Many visual problems cannot be corrected if they are not treated between the ages of 1 and 6.
At The Sight Center, children age 1 through 6 are tested using our state-of-the-art, non-invasive PediaVision and other tests. Our traveling vision screener visits most of the area’s pre-schools, day-cares and Headstart programs throughout the year. These technologies allow us to search for problems such as poor visual acuity, strabismus, and amblyopia.
Vision screening has a high degree of validity and is endorsed by blindness prevention organizations as an effective way to reach large numbers of preschoolers.
The Sight Center recommends that all children between the ages of 1 and 6 have a professional eye exam. Pre-school vision screenings are conducted regularly by appointment by calling 814-455-0995.