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"Back To School" Means Time For Physicals And Vision Screening
Date:8/28/2012

LAKE MARY, Fla., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As students across the country prepare to return to the classroom, school administrators are making sure everything is in order for the new school year. One of the important items on that list is health updates, making sure students submit their physical exam reports, which include a very important test for all students – vision screening.

Vision is very important to school administrators, many of whom have become accustomed to conducting their own school vision screenings, which can take weeks and sometimes months due to the number of students.

Last spring, Palmetto Elementary in Polk County, Florida, learned of a revolutionary new vision screening device that can improve the process and help administrators ensure that their students have been accurately screened.  After seeing Spot in action, they were pleasantly surprised to see the tangible results from the screening.

Of the 537 students screened, 148 were referred for follow-up care, just over the 1 in 4 national average.[1]  Out of the number of students referred, 55 already owned glasses, leaving 93 students recommended for follow-up care. Myopia (nearsightedness), attributed to over 45 percent of the referrals, with Astigmatism (blurred vision) being identified in more than 37 percent of the referred students.

"That was the big thing that really got our attention," said Sarah Miranda, a physical education teacher at Palmetto, who organized the vision screening. "Using Spot, there were so many students that didn't pass the screening and were sent for a full eye exam."

A national eye care company, VSP, came in a few weeks after the screening and provided full comprehensive eye exams on site in addition to free eye exam vouchers to 150 other students who failed the screening.

"We compared the results of the screening to the final prescription by Dr. Larry Lampert and it was very close, if not
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