Conexus received funding from the former Maryland-based Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium to deliver VisioCheck to its member schools in Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Over 2,000 children enrolled in grades PK, K, 3rd, 7th, and 10th, in 29 schools, will receive the Conexus comprehensive screening program known as VisioCheck. This is an extension of services already offered through the consortium to schools in the Baltimore, DC, and Richmond Dioceses. This exciting project will be underway in the next few weeks and Conexus looks forward to establishing this new partnership!
Halloween has been a longtime favorite tradition for kids of all ages. A few important safety tips to remember when selecting that perfect costume:
Many costumes come with “props” – some of these props (wands, swords, canes, sticks, etc…) can have sharp or pointed ends. Moving around (especially in the dark) with some of these props can create a hazard for your eyes. Please give strong consideration as to age appropriate props for costumes and think ahead about some of potential tripping hazards of moving in groups in the dark.
You should also make sure that costumes fit well; costumes that are too long or otherwise present tripping hazards should be avoided. Be sure that your walkway is clear of debris and decorations that could trip trick-or-treaters as well.
Also worth mentioning are Cosmetic contact lenses, false eyelashes, and make up. Contact lenses should never be worn without a prescription. Contact lenses, when fitted or worn improperly, can cause serious eye conditions. Use extra caution, especially in younger children who may be more prone to rubbing their eyes, when applying heavy makeup and lashes to the eyes.
Read this article from Eyecare.org about these and other "Halloween Hazards."
Conexus will be working over the next 12 months to implement VisioCheck in all 25 Richmond City elementary schools to reach nearly 4,000 kindergarten and 3rd grade students. This project serves to compliment the MEDARVA-funded WHEELS program, which already supports vision programs for students enrolled in Richmond City’s Virginia Pre-school Initiative programs. The support of the Jenkins Foundation is an important step towards making VisioCheck available in public schools across Virginia. Conexus is honored to have been selected as a grantee of the Jenkins Foundation, and looks forward to reporting on the good work in our community.
For more information about VisioCheck, click here.
The Essilor Vision Foundation mobile vision clinic will roll into Virginia from its home base in TX to provide follow up services to children identified through the Visiocheck programs delivered last month. The clinic will be at three locations in Alexandria October 14-16, and will move to Washington, DC on October 17th. On Wednesday, October 15, the clinic will host special guests including Congressman Moran and other members of the press and legislature. Congressman Moran was instrumental in helping to bring services to Alexandria school children and has taken a special interest in the need to insure good vision especially as it pertains to success in school. This program was made possible through the generous support of Vision Council.
Conexus Director of Community Programs and Public Health, Melissa Perry, is visiting neighboring PBNC Affiliate to help support the implementation of the Conexus-created online voucher request and processing program. Melissa developed the online request system and companion data base, which has been an important time saver for our partners and staff. The system can be accessed by registered partners and provides step by step qualification and request processing-all electronically. Fulfilled requests are populated into a management database to help insure best practice in voucher disbursement. Conexus is very pleased to be working with PBNC in this capacity, and looks forward to other opportunities for partnerships across the country.
Virginia Eye Institute is again sponsoring this holiday campaign to support the work of Conexus while also giving back to the community. From mid-November through December 19th all VEI locations will be selling luminaries for charity with a goal of 3,000 lights! All proceeds will benefit Conexus school base programs and the luminaries will be donated to the Metro Richmond Zoo’s 12th Annual Miracle of Christmas live nativity. This is a truly special event and VEI and their staff are ready to give the Gift of Light.
For the first time, Richmond Head Start will conduct their mandated vision screening for their 850 students through the Conexus Visiocheck program. Richmond Head Start sought out the services of Visiocheck after being exposed to the work of Conexus (formally Prevent Blindness Mid-Atlantic) and the MEDARVA funded WHEELS program in several of the Richmond City Schools. Visiocheck meets all the needs of the Head Start screening mandates and provides comprehensive services that extend beyond just the screening. Helping parents to understand their child’s screening report and providing access to care to those in need is just one benefit of VisioCheck. Family and student services offered through the program coupled with the data collection, analysis and reporting required for proper Headstart filings makes Visiocheck a valuable and affordable mean by which to help insure kindergarten readiness for their students! To learn more about how to bring Visiocheck to your Head Start program contact Melissa Perry, Director Community Programs and Public Health, Melissa@TheEyeSite.org.