Friday, December 05, 2014

Vision Testing At LaBelle School

LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle schools were recently visited by the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program. The Heiken Vision Program provides comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to financially disadvantaged school children.

Kevin Long, RN-Senior Public Health Nurse-LaBelle Schools Liaison from the Florida Department of Health in Hendry County coordinated the annual vision screenings for all Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 6th grade students in LaBelle Schools (In coordination with LaBelle School Health Licensed Practitioner Nurses). The LaBelle High School Allied Health Academy also participated in completing the screenings and Nikki Yeager, of LaBelle also volunteered to assist.

Once the students were identified Ms. Lucinda Kelley, Director of the Exceptional School Education Program for LaBelle schools, coordinated the Heiken visit to Country Oaks Elementary School and LaBelle Middle School. The Heiken program is scheduled to return to LaBelle to visit LaBelle Elementary School and Ed Upthegrove Elementary School later in December.

Over 100 LaBelle students have been examined (or are scheduled to be examined) and some will be fitted for glasses.

The Heiken Program is sponsored by the Children’s Trust, The Florida Department of Health and the Miami Marlins Baseball Team

The Heiken Children’s Vision Fund was created in 1992 by the Dade County Optometric Association, and merged with the Miami Lighthouse in 2007. The program provides free comprehensive eye examinations including dilation and prescription eyeglasses to financially disadvantaged students throughout Florida who have failed state-mandated school vision screenings and do not otherwise have access to exams.

Pictured: Dr Scott Gardner, O.D., Heiken Consulting Optometrist and McKenzie Winn, Kindergarten Student at Country Oaks Elementary School.

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