- Hira Qureshi
PVS holds a vision screening for middle and high school
Photo by Samar Al-Majaideh
Southern College of Optometry tests a student. The student interns examined about 30 PVS students.
Pleasant View School students received vision screening tests on Sept. 15 in the PVS gym organized by student interns from the Southern College of Optometry.
The vision screenings are a free service that enable students to get eye examinations that detect visual problems in specific areas tested.
“We like to provide whatever services we can to help our students and parents, especially when those services deal with helping our students be successful academically,” said Principal Mohammed Malley.
The tests provide information on students’ visual status and whether they need to go to a specialist. Follow-ups are not required regardless of screening results.
The vision screenings were not mandatory but students were encouraged to participate in the free service.
Students are required to bring signed consent forms in order to participate. Southern College of Optometry sends consent forms for each screening and those forms are sent to parents via email and are passed out to students during school according to Office Manager Hadir Osman.
About 30 students participated in the screening with about 15 interns conducting the tests.
The next screenings are scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Osman said these screenings will be geared towards the elementary school students since the “majority that participate are the young ones”
“Finding out which students should be wearing glasses and getting them the right kind of glasses as soon as possible is essential for their educational success. We encourage all parents to arrange vision screenings for their children every year, and we hope to aid that process by providing screenings here at PVS,” Malley said.