We created Clear Days Ahead to bridge the gap between good vision and improved school performance for the children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. Along with our partners, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and MTEA (Milwaukee Teachers Education Association), we provide vision screening and eyeglasses to students who don’t pass their initial screening. Since we started the program in 2010, we have visited 12 schools, provided 2,800 screenings to children in need, 820 pairs of eyeglasses (valued at $270 per pair) with the total value of eye wear provided being around $200,000.
“The responses by kids are like ‘ah-ha, wow! I can read that over there,’ and the teachers say the same after a couple of weeks. They say, yeah, the child is really participating more in the classroom,” Bob Peterson, President MTEA.
An inside look into our Clear Days Ahead Program and the importance of childhood vision screenings.
Children often don’t know they have a vision problem. Signs that your child might be struggling with their eyesight include:
Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
Short attention span
Avoiding reading and other close activities
Covering one eye
Tilting the head to one side
Holding reading materials close to the face
An eye turning in or out
Losing place when reading
Difficulty remembering what he or she read