Vision Resources

Here you will find resources for school vision programs.

California Department of Education – A Guide for Vision Testing in California Public Schools

This guide, from CDE, provides district and school health personnel with a single document that contains guidelines for a vision testing program and the laws and regulations that govern it. The guidelines will facilitate the planning and implementation of programs for assessment of vision so that all students in California public schools may benefit from optimal use of their sense of sight throughout their school years.

California Optometric Association – Vision Care for California’s Kids

This resource, from the California Optometric Association, describes the types of vision services and explains why both screening programs and comprehensive exams are both essential to ensuring appropriate treatment.

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools offers information and resources on childhood vision needs and opportunities. This includes a summary of “What the Research Tell Us” about childhood vision problems.

Child Sight and Helen Keller International

Child Sight, a program of Helen Keller International, seeks to improve the vision and academic potential of children living in poverty. In California, Child Sight operates in greater Los Angeles: since 1998, it has provided 200,000 screenings and 20,000 pairs of eyeglasses. To learn more about Child Sight, visit the Helen Keller International website or see this brochure which describes the LA program and its accomplishments.

Sight for Students – Vision Service Providers (VSP)

Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services. SBHCs run by community health centers that are connected with NACHC or with staff who are members of National Association of School Nurses (NASN) are eligible to receive VSP certificates to distribute to pediatric patients who meet these guidelines. To learn more, visit the Sight for Students website.

Vision and the Achievement Gap Among Urban Minority Youth

This article, Healthier Students Are Better Learners by Charles E. Basch, describes how disproportionate rates of untreated vision problems among urban minority youth contribute to the achievement gap. It highlights the extent of the problem and outlines ways schools can prevent and address it.