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By: Stacey Walters |
February 27, 2020
During the fall
of 2019, the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry’s (KYCO)
pediatric optometrists and second-year optometry students visited 11 Pike
County schools and provided screenings to more than 750 pediatric patients from
the first, third and fifth-grade classes.
assess how well pediatric patients can read from the eye chart and examine how
well the eyes work together to provide a generalized view of eye health.
The number of
screenings increased by 75% from the previous year and several pediatric
patients were referred for further ocular evaluations.
extremely beneficial, Assistant Professor of Optometry, Rachel Fitzgerald,
O.D., says these screenings do not substitute for a comprehensive exam with a
local eye doctor. KYCO hopes the screenings promote the importance of eye care
and pediatric eye health in the region.
“With vision playing
such an important role in learning, our screenings aim to identify any
significant visual problems that could impact a child’s performance in school,”
said Fitzgerald. “In working with these
elementary school students, we hope that they take away the importance of
routine eye care and understand more about optometry as a possible career
for Student and Professional Development and Associate Professor of Optometry
Josephine Owoeye, O.D., M.P.H., believes it is beneficial for KYCO to form partnerships
in the community while offering this valuable service to the school system at
“The work we are
doing allows us to catch and promptly refer children with changes in their
vision,” said Owoeye. “It is very likely that these children would have been
information on the Dr. Jerald F. Combs Eye Clinic at KYCO call (606) 218-5540
or visit upike.edu.