Better Vision For Children Foundation (BVC) supports educational programs for low-income disadvantaged children. We focus on improving vision and preparing students to …
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BVC understands the importance of investing in children, but also in local communities. Through various community organizations, BVC helps provide affordable Home Vision Testing, offering support to local businesses and entrepreneurs and works to make neighborhoods safer and more vibrant. In addition, BVC connects volunteers and veterans directly with their communities through programs such as the RISE Program, distributing Home Vision Test Kits.
Vision Screening in Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years: Reducing learning gaps and increasing the achievement of all children. Risk factors for amblyopia, strabismus, and refractive error include positive family history in a first-degree relative, prematurity or low birth weight, low caregiver education, and maternal substance abuse and/or smoking during pregnancy. Younger age is associated with higher rates of astigmatism and myopia (within the population age 6 months to 6 years). Additional risk factors for amblyopia include deprivation of visual stimuli in infancy and early childhood and lack of health insurance.
Amblyopia is a neurodevelopmental disorder that arises from abnormal processing of visual images that leads to a functional reduction of visual acuity. Amblyopia is usually unilateral but can occur in both eyes at once. It results from conditions that interfere with normal binocular vision. It is highly unlikely that untreated amblyopia will resolve spontaneously. Although amblyopia is treatable, efficacy decreases as children age, and visual loss can become irreversible. Visual impairments left untreated can lead to both short- and long-term physical and psychological problems, including physical and verbal bullying, depression and anxiety, poor visuomotor skills, low self-esteem, problems at school and work, and accidents and injuries.
In children less than 3 years, strabismus appears to be the most common cause of amblyopia; in children 3 to 6 years, strabismus and anisometropia contribute equally. About 4 percent of children under 6 years have myopia; up to 20 percent have hyperopia, and 5 to 10 percent have astigmatism.
Vision abnormalities in young children could diminish school performance, function, and quality of life, although the long-term functional effects of vision abnormalities are somewhat uncertain. Strabismus can result in loss of stereopsis (i.e., depth perception) and psychosocial consequences (e.g., from bullying or from diminished self-esteem). Evidence on adverse effects of screening indicated a reduction in bullying and high false-positive rates in low- prevalence populations.
By 36 months of age, substantial socioeconomic disparities already exist in vocabulary knowledge, to name one area. Children from families living in poverty or in households in which parent education is low typically enter school with lower levels of foundational skills, such as those in language, reading, and mathematics. On starting kindergarten, children in the lowest socioeconomic group have average cognitive scores that are 60 percent below those of the most affluent group. Explained largely by socioeconomic differences among ethnic groups, average math achievement is 21 percent lower for African American children than for white children and percent lower for Hispanic children than for non-Hispanic white children. Moreover, due to deep-seated equity issues present in communities and schools, such early achievement gaps tend to increase rather than diminish over time.
Concerns over the persistence of achievement gaps between subgroups are part of a larger concern about lagging student achievement in the United States and its impact on American economic competitiveness in an increasingly global economy. In comparisons with students of other industrialized countries, for example, America’s students have not consistently fared well on tests of educational achievement.
A Systematic Review of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force – Number 153
With “good” visual acuity we can uplift, inspire, and motivate individuals to live a positive life, to reach their highest potential, and thrive in their field of dreams?
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., 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.