Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
CVMA Question Work Group Project
The "Approaches for vision screening in children from Birth to Three years of age - novel visual development assessment and instrument based screening - A Pilot Study" project, Principal Investigator Gayathri Srinivasan, OD, Children's Vision MA, New England College of Optometry, is underway.  The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of a developmental questionnaire in identifying visual disorders in children 0-3 years of age compared to the gold standard eye exam. A secondary goal is to compare the efficacy of instrument based vision screening (Spot Vision Screener) with the gold standard eye exam. Two hundred children from Early Education and Care Centers (EEC's) in Springfield, Boston, Fall River and Lowell are participating.  Thanks to a generous donation arranged by Dana Cohen, CVMA, and Medford Optical, children participating in the study who are prescribed eyeglasses are provided lenses with Miraflex frames. Joan Lowbridge-Sisley, CVMA, and Partners for a Healthier Community, is featured in a news item promoting Springfield's EyeSEE Program, a partner in this study.  Click here to view the news report
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Catalyst Fund Award
The Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition has been awarded a Blue Cross Blue Shield Catalyst Fund grant to support the production of a video, and two thirty second Public Service Announcements, with the purpose of raising awareness about the critical link between a child's vision health, overall development, and learning.    
Comprehensive Vision Resource for School Nurses and Others
The  National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness has partnered with the  National Association of School Nurses to provide guidance for school nurses and others involved in children's vision screening NASN's updated Vision and Eye Health web page. The goal is to standardize approaches to vision health, facilitate follow-up eye care for children who do not pass vision screening, provide family-friendly educational information, and, in consultation with leading pediatric eye care providers, promote best practices.
Sponsors Needed!!!
Planning for the 2016 Children's Vision Massachusetts Summit, with events in Boston and Springfield, (two different dates in October) has begun and sponsors are needed!  The purpose of the Summit is to highlight programs and partnerships that support children's vision and eye health and present recent research that reports on the relationship between the status of a child's vision health and an assessment of his/her early literacy skills. Leaders in health, education and the legislature who are working to advance the vision health of children will be recognized and congratulated.  Please send suggestions regarding sponsors, and/or for further information, to Priscilla Kelangi, Manager of Communications and Resource Development, Prevent Blindness NE Region.  Thank you.
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