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Florida’s Vision Quest to provide free vision screening to thousands of Orange County high school students in March

Feb 29, 2012 0 Comments

Orlando, FL – February 29, 2012 – Florida’s Vision Quest (FLVQ) has a busy month of March planned as they take to the road to screen thousands of Orange County high school students for vision problems. Using state-of-the-art PediaVision “Spot” technology, they will quickly and efficiently identify hundreds of children with previously undiagnosed issues.

Once the vision problems are identified, FLVQ will seek to provide comprehensive follow-up exams at each of the schools via their Mobile Vision Unit. Where necessary, they will provide vision-correcting eyeglasses, helping to “flip on the light switch” for children who struggle to see in the classroom.

The screenings will take place over the next two weeks according to the following schedule:

  • March 1 - University High School
  • March 2 - Apopka High School & Cypress Creek High School
  • March 5 - West Orange High School & Wekiva High School
  • March 6 - Lake Nona High School & Timber Creek High School
  • March 7 - Ocoee High School
  • March 8 - Dr. Phillips High School & Jones High School
  • March 9 - Boone High School & Evans High School

Based on past experience, it is estimated that upwards of 20% of high school students in Florida have undiagnosed or untreated vision issues that could potentially affect their ability to learn. While those statistics are alarming to the layperson, the estimate is no surprise to those in the know.

Jeff Mortenson, VP of Sales & Marketing for Lake Mary based PediaVision, has gone on record as saying; “State screening mandates are not adequately identifying children that need care. It is likely that many of these students did not have a vision issue at the time of their 6th grade screening, which would be the last point at which state mandated screening would have occurred.”

Despite recent budget cuts, FLVQ continues to fulfill the need for vision correction in Central Florida schools thanks to the generous donations made by their benefactors.

Media members who are interested in learning more about this uplifting community endeavor should contact Cristina Calvet-Harrold at 407-832-4814 or at cristina@cchmarketing.com.

About Florida’s Vision Quest

Florida’s Vision Quest, founded in 1994, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving more than 14,000 “at risk” children every year. We provide children from low-income and uninsured families across the state with free eye exams and eyeglasses, in addition to raising awareness about the epidemic of uncorrected vision problems amongst low-income students. We are committed to fiscal responsibility, and to being good stewards of the support and resources that we receive from our generous benefactors.

Contact
Cristina M. Calvet-Harrold, +1-407-832-4814 cristina@cchmarketing.com
Web site: http://www.flvq.org

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