Sight Savers America received a multiyear grant for $90,000 for their vision and health programs. The funds will provide screenings for 16 schools in the underserved areas of Blount, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties. Nursing students from area colleges help conduct the screenings and examinations, which in turn provide them with hands on experience. Any children identified with vision issues receive follow up services including a case manager that sees to their eye care needs from start to finish including glasses if needed.
During the health screenings, students rotate through stations where they have screenings and examinations of their hearing, vision, blood pressure, height and weight, temperature, heart and lung check, dental exams and exams of the ear, nose and throat. By identifying vision, hearing or any other health issues and seeing that they are addressed, the child is able to reach their full potential in the classroom.
Annually, Sight Savers provides health screenings to 4700 children in central Alabama. They provide follow up vision services to about 2000 children across the state.