The Science of Reading Begins with Vision
Learning to read, and acquiring comprehension, require well-tuned visual systems. A functional visual system supports development of efficient reading skills. This report explores what teachers, parents and administrators need to know.
Doctors of Optometry Increase Primary Eye Care at Health Centers
One third of all patients served at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) (9,396,897 of 28,590,897 or 33%) in 2020 were children aged 21 and younger. These children fall within the entitlement range of “Essential Pediatric Services,” that includes a benefit of an eye examination by an eye doctor and glasses, or other treatments as needed. While FQHC’s have used increased funding to expand primary services to include on-site primary eye care, is it sufficient to accommodate this pediatric vision need?
County Data Demonstrates Eye Care Access Nationwide
Doctors of optometry are uniquely positioned to serve as frontline providers in primary eye care for infants, children and adolescents as they currently practice in U.S. counties and county equivalents that comprise 99% of the total population in both urban and rural areas.