KidSight is a free vision screening program that NABA has provided since 1998. KidSight screens children between the ages of 18 months to 4 years old who attend childcare or preschool classes in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties. Studies have shown that 62% of America’s pre-school children have never received a complete eye examination. One in every 20 children under the age of 5 suffers from a serious vision problem that could lead to permanent damage if not corrected early.
The MTI PhotoScreeener camera, which is used during KidSight screenings, is currently one of the best methods available to test pre-verbal children for vision problems. The MTI PhotoScreener uses the safe flash of a camera (no eye drops, no dilation medicine, etc.) to take an instant photograph of the child’s eyes. The screening can detect disorders such as the presence of refractive error like hyperopia (farsightness) and myopia (nearsightness), as well as amblyopic (lazy eye), misalignment (strabismus), media opacities (i.e.cataracts), and astigmatism.
Parents are informed of the results the same day of the exam, however, no diagnoses is made. The child’s primary care physician will receive notification only if a possible vision problem is detected. The notice alerts the doctor the child has failed the vision screening and that the parent has been advised to contact their office for an appointment and referral to an opthmalogist.
A Parental Consent form will be mailed for each child in your program. Please keep these signed consent forms, until the day of the screening. There is a minimum requirement of 15 children to schedule a screenings, but there is no maximum. NABA strives to screen over 2,000 children at over 75 sites each year. Kidsight screenings are done at no cost to the daycare or preschool facility.
For more information, please contact:
518.463.1211 ext. 227.