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Mobile Clinic

The Conexus Mobile Clinic program was launched during the 2018-2019 school year. This pilot program, funded through the generosity of Impact 100 RVA and the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, allows Conexus to bring optometrists and clinic equipment right to the school and provide free eye exams for children that have received a VisioCheck screening referral. Conexus Mobile Clinic partners with local optometrists to provide on-site eye exams in schools where access to care or other barriers broadly prevent follow up on vision screening referrals. The clinic is a portable full-service vision lane that is set up in a classroom or other area of the school. The non-dilated eye exams are intended to assess and treat visual function; concerns about eye health or the need for additional services and/or dilated exams are referred out for additional care. If prescribed, students choose their glasses on-site after the exam. Distribution of the glasses typically occurs two-three weeks after the exam (glasses are ordered from the lab and dispensed upon receipt of the group). For the 2018-2019 school year, the Conexus Mobile Clinic focused on delivering its services to Title 1 schools within Chesterfield County and the City of Petersburg; partnering with Communities in Schools Chesterfield, Chesterfield County Public Schools, and Petersburg City Schools. (A Title 1 school has an enrollment where at least 40% of the students are considered low-income.) The 2018-2019 clinics were held at the following schools:​ Chesterfield County: Bellwood Elementary Ettrick Elementary J.A. Chalkley Elementary Falling Creek Middle School Salem Church Middle School Carver Career and College Academy Meadowbrook High School Petersburg City: Cool Springs Elementary Pleasant’s Lane Elementary Lakemont Elementary Walnut Hill Elementary Vernon Johns Middle School Petersburg High School