Free screening at Mercedes-Benz at La Palma Avenue in Anaheim Hills
The Better Vision for Children Foundation (BVC Foundation) held a free eye screening for children on September 7, 2013, at Mercedes-Benz of Anaheim in Anaheim Hills from 9 am to 5 pm. The screening was intended for children from 0 to 5 years old, but nobody was turned away based on age.
What most parents are unaware of is the importance of screening children before preschool for serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, amblyopia, cancer, and autism. Recent studies have shown how early detection helps autistic children overcome sight and verbal issues that could help with learning and communication. The BVC Foundation hopes to improve the sight and quality of life for all children by sponsoring this free screening at Mercedes-Benz at La Palma Avenue in Anaheim Hills – also a sponsor of the event. Mayor Tom Tait attended the eye screening to show his support. Tom Cataldo, the founder of the non-profit foundation, says the use of a device he has invented, containing a strobe light, the camera and color monitor reveals the visible signs of common eye diseases.
Once detected, parents are referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for treatment and follow-up. The eye screening is non-invasive and offers a fun way for children to have their eyes tested. It actually enables them to see themselves on a color monitor. For more information about the screenings call 714-637-4034. No appointment is necessary.