Through the Office of Child Development, Culver City Unified School District pre-school students recently received free vision screenings provided thanks to the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic and the Jules Stein Institute. Students began the process in November, and recently received free glasses as a result of their initial screenings in December.
All of CCUSD's six preschool sites - consisting of more than 330 students - were initially screened, including special education preschool students.
The UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic's new Child Vision Program provides screeners with hand-held Retinomax auto refractors to screen for near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism.
If a child doesn't pass the vision screening, parents/guardians are offered an appointment with the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic (UMEC). UMEC visits the school and provides eye examinations with an ophthalmologist. If a child needs glasses, UMEC provides a free pair; and one replacement pair will also be provided if a child loses or breaks his glasses.
The UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic has been in existence since 1975 and has worked with CCUSD for many years at La Ballona and Linwood E. Howe Elementary Schools. All UMEC services are free.