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
Council for Pediatric Vision
The Conexus Council for Pediatric Vision is comprised of professionals representing Ophthalmology, Optometry, Public Health, K-12 education, early childhood education, and the Virginia House of Delegates. The Council has been charged with reviewing and recommending protocols and policies relating to our public health and community program activities, guiding the continued delivery of our best practice comprehensive children\'s vision programs.
With VisioCheck, screening children is not simply a task to be checked off. It is part of a comprehensive process to help ensure that all children are participating in school with the benefit of good vision as they work to learn and become successful in school and in life. VisioCheck programs use the safe, non-invasive plusoptiX® digital screening technology, which evaluates several factors that affect vision clarity and function. Some of these issues can be corrected simply with a pair of glasses; others may cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. Within about 1-5 seconds (and without a required response from the child), the equipment evaluates and provides a PASS or REFER analysis for: Myopia (nearsightedness) Hyperopia (farsightedness) Anisometropia (unequal refractive power) Astigmatism (lack of sharp focus) Anisocoria (pupil size deviations) Strabismus (corneal reflexes, symmetry) VisioCheck was specifically designed to help schools meet their mandated screening requirements (public schools and Head Starts) and school-readiness responsibilities (preschool and private school programs) while ensuring the best possible outcomes. As a comprehensive, full-service program, VisioCheck incorporates: school nurse training and/or credentialed Conexus staff members and equipment student screening parental education access to care data collection, reporting, and management
VisioCheck is our comprehensive technology-based vision program, which includes state-of-the-art vision screening with the Plusoptix vision screener. This screening typically takes less than five seconds per child screened, and does not require a response from the child or interpretation of results by the person delivering the screening. This screening is incorporated into a comprehensive program that includes education, awareness, screening, data management, and follow-up resources.