Better Vision for Children Goals
Organization, Objectives, and Utilization of Donations
The Better Vision for Children Foundation (B.V.C.) is a nonprofit public benefit association which is organized and operated for charitable purposes. B.V.C. has established its tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Sole Purpose Of B.V.C:
- Is to prevent and cure partial or total blindness resulting from amblyopia (lazy eye) through distributing information to parents, pre-schoolers, children´s homes, etc., on the importance of getting pre-school children’s eyes tested and corrective measures performed by ophthalmologists and other professionals with experience in screening and treating amblyopia.
- To continue our program of mass Home Testing of preverbal to 5-year-old children for amblyopia with our Home Vision Test Kit that can be administered by parents.
- Identification, Prevention of, or Reduction in, the treatment of underlying eye disorders.
Children & Vision Problems
Vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping condition in children, and untreated vision problems can lead to physical discomfort, permanent vision loss and limitations in academic performance. Eighty percent of children’s learning is achieved through their visual processing of information; therefore, those who have difficulty seeing are more likely to struggle with tasks such as reading, making mistakes copying notes, misaligning numbers in columns, and struggling with filling out Scantron forms to record answers to standardized exams.
Underscoring the importance of vision to academic achievement, a study conducted in the Oklahoma Public School District among elementary school students found that visual acuity was a greater predictor of performance on specific standardized tests than race or socioeconomic status.
Similarly, a constant strain on the eyes can lead to tension in the face, neck, and shoulders. Students who experience vision impairments often develop headaches, and blurred vision further contributes to nausea and dizziness. These physical discomforts can decrease a child’s ability to concentrate in school as well as contribute to safety concerns such as falling, tripping and running into objects. Consequently, children may act out or misbehave because of their struggles to see and focus on their school tasks.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children receive a comprehensive eye exam by a vision professional (optometrist or ophthalmologist) upon entering kindergarten and every two years thereafter. However, various barriers keep this from occurring; only 33 percent of young children across the country actually receive eye exams before starting school.
Better Vision For Children Foundation (BVC) is a non-profit charity that offers free comprehensive sponsored vision testing for infants and preschoolers, working to prevent and cure partial or total blindness resulting from amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Autism, A.D.D., Diabetes and Eye Cancer.
BVC is a 100% volunteer organization that has screened over 300,000 children in the U.S. and Mexico since 1985. Only 3 – 4% of children in the U.S. receive eye care services before the age of six. Most vision-related diseases are completely curable if detected and treated at an early age. The sole purpose of BVC is to help identify eye diseases that cause death and eye disorders through our program of free mass testing, thanks to supporter donations and sponsors.