Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision

October is See To Learn Month

FOCUSING ON THE EYES OF THE FUTURE...

Who We Are?

We are the experts in children's vision issues. The Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision seeks to ensure that every child entering school in Nebraska is visually ready to learn.

  • We heighten awareness of pediatric vision care among consumers, educators and healthcare providers.
  • We lead the discussion and develop action plans to provide the tools necessary to equip Nebraska's children visually for successful futures academically and personally.
  • We connect multiple disciplines and individuals with intersecting interest in children and their success in education as related to efficient and healthy visual system.
  • We monitor the latest policies, research and procedures related to children's vision.

What We Do?

  • Educate on the importance of eye care for Nebraska children
  • Provide resources related to children's vision care for teachers, school nurses and childcare providers
  • Encourage comprehensive eye exams by eye care professionals
  • Develop and share models and best practices related to children's vision
  • Work with optometrists and other organizations to reach low-income populations in need of eye care
  • Care about children and their vision

Statistics parents should know about children's vision:

  • 20% of kindergarten students have vision problems

  • By high school graduation, 30-40% of students have a vision problem
  • 70% of juvenile delinquents have a vision problem
  • Research indicates that 60% of individuals enrolled in literacy programs have vision problems

Why do children need a vision assessment?

Many parents believe that school vision screenings are adequate. While screenings that involve reading an eye chart can uncover certain problems, they do not evaluate skills such as focusing, eye alignment, depth perception, color vision, peripheral side vision, or eye health - all of which are critical to a child's ability to learn. An eye examination by a licensed eye care specialist prior to entering school is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Optometric Association, American Public Health Association, and Prevent Blindness America.

Find a See to Learn ProviderSEE TO LEARN

SEE TO LEARN optometrists provide FREE vision assessments for any 3-year old in Nebraska, regardless of economic status.  It is an innovative, three-step, preventive health program designed to ensure that kindergarten children entering school can see to learn; and to educate parents, grandparents, and educators about the warning signs of vision problems in all school-age children.

  • Step 1: On going education to alert parents and educators about the signs of vision problems in children of any age
  • Step 2: A FREE vision assessment for three-year-old children by licensed optometrists participating in the SEE TO LEARN program. Early detection is important in order to correct vision problems.
  • Step 3. A complete eye examination, paid for by the parent, before or during the child's first year of school. This is a small investment in a child's ability to learn.

    SEE TO LEARN is a program of the Eye Care Council, Inc. and is sponsored in the state by the Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision, in cooperation with Nebraska Optometric Association.

    For more information on children's vision or to identify a participating SEE TO LEARN doctor nearest you, call 1-800-960-EYES (3937), or visit the Seel to Learn Website: seetolearn.com

  • For more information on how you can help support children's vision in Nebraska contact Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision, 1633 Normandy Ct., Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68512. Phone: (402) 474-7716