Let’s see 20/20 San Diego

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Every child in San Diego deserves access to eye screenings to prevent vision impairment or to know the difference a free pair of glasses can make. It’s no surprise that vision accounts for 80% of classroom learning.

Each year, more than thousands of children are faced with the possibility of blindness which can be diagnosed by simple vision screenings. Common early childhood visual impairments such as crossed eyes (Strabismus), presbyopia (Hyperopia) or lazy eye (Amblyopia) can have a significant impact on the lives of students. These deficiencies are treatable and correctable.

More than 1,000 school children receive a free pair of glasses each year through UCSD Shiley Institute’s Eyemobile for Kids program, the only one of its kind here in San Diego. It is a model community health program that overcomes transportation, language, cultural and financial barriers that families with children often face. No child is refused.

ABC 10News Anchor, Virginia Cha sat down with Dr. Stuart Brown of UCSD Shiley Eye Institute to discuss the need for simple screenings that can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

  • Literacy, cognitive learning and reading as well as some behavioral problems are linked to visual impairment.
  • 5 out of 24 children who visit eyemobile are determined to need prescriptive services.

The UCSD Shiley Institute Children’s Eyemobile offers more than 8,000 eye screenings and exams each school year, with the goal of empowering parents and patients to actively take care of their vision health.
From October 10eABC 10 News partners with UCSD Shiley Eye Institute Children’s Eyemobile and the Scripps Howard Fund to raise $20,000 in twenty days!

Viewers can donate in three ways: online at 10News.com, Text “SEE” to 50155 Where Scan the QR code make a donation.

The funds raised will be matched up to $15,000 from a donation made by a member of the Scripps family through the Scripps Howard Fund, the financial arm of the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Let’s make children’s vision a clear choice! Let’s see if we have the vision to make a difference – together.

Let’s see 20/20! Please donate to 10News.com

About the UCSD Shiley Institute Children’s Eyemobile

The UCSD Shiley Institute Children’s Eyemobile has operated since 1983 in a small 800 square foot clinic under the direction of Dr. Stuart Brown, MD, world renowned for his contributions to basic and clinical corneal research. More than 30 years ago, he developed corneal transplantation in infants born blind. Dr. Brown continues his active involvement with the UCSD Shiley Institute Children’s Eyemobile. It is thanks to his leadership that the program exists and serves our community.

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