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Breaking down the barriers to access to vision care

by | Sep 6, 2022 | News | 0 comments

Mobile Vision Clinics are an integral part of the care provided in all three EyeCare4Kids regions (Utah, Southern Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona). These mobile clinics, which are used on a daily to monthly basis depending on the location, are affectionately referred to as SeeMore. The professionals that work in these clinics provide vision services to thousands of families and children in neighborhoods, schools and remote areas where resources are often low and need is always high. 

Research shows that mobile health vehicles break down barriers to access to healthcare services and improve health outcomes. Mobile health often serves those who are isolated geographically or physically as well as those who feel isolated due to cultural and language barriers. 

In Southern Nevada, the EyeCare4Kids Mobile Vision Clinic was made possible by the incredible generosity of Elaine P. Wynn and the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation. Each day that the Clark County School District is operational for students, SeeMore is scheduled for a different school. For the 2022-2023 academic year, SeeMore is booked to visit 92 different schools, many of them for two visits. With this volume of visits, EyeCare4Kids will likely provide over 5,000 students with a professional vision screening, eye exam and prescription eyeglasses, if necessary. 

EyeCare4Kids works closely with the schools to prepare for weeks to months in advance in order to achieve the most success. Once the eyeglasses have been made and received, a licensed EyeCare4Kids optician will return to the schools to adjust and distribute the lenses directly to the students. This last-mile service eliminates transportation barriers and parents needing to take time from work to attend an appointment. 

Stephanie Kirby, executive director of EyeCare4Kids Nevada, said, “This work is only made possible because of the generosity of our EyeCare4Kids donors and supporters, as well as the crucial collaborative efforts of the school districts. This is true teamwork!”

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