This school year, Conexus screened 187 school-aged children in Craig County and of those screened, 56 were referred; a 29.9 percent rate.
A referral indicates that a potential vision problem was detected, and the child should seek an additional eye exam by an eye care professional of their parent’s or guardian’s choosing. Virginia mandates school-based vision screenings for all new students and those in Kindergarten, Third, seventh and Tenth grades and Craig County Public Schools are part of the state-funded vision screening pilot program administered by Conexus through the VisioCheck program. Nationally, 25 percent of school children have a vision problem that impacts their learning, and it is estimated that only 15 percent of children will see an eye care professional before entering school.
- Submitted by Jeff Baldwin, Conexus Communications Director