Community Spirit--Envision Eye Care

Did you know that many times when children act up in class or perform poorly in school, many studies suggest it may be a result of a problem with their vision. One doctor's office is trying to catch those problems before it's too late. Envision Eye Care has just started offering free eye exams to all school-aged children.

Five-year-old Kinsley White is very comfortable with yearly eye exams. She's been coming to the optometrist since she was 2 1/2 years old.

"Her left eye would not stay straight, especially when she was in the sun, so we knew there was a problem," explained mom Julie White.

But even if there isn't a problem, doctors say children should start getting their eyes checked by the time they're 16 months old. "We hope that we can catch those early problems and prevent those problems from getting worse," said Envision's Dr. Annette Parker.

Children and adults should have their eyes examined every year.

"We found that a lot of students end up having a lot of problems in school directly related to the eyes, and so we thought it would be important to stress the importance of eye screenings and examinations," said Dr. Jessica Sirak-Smith.

"I try to influence and make public aware that children's eyes are critical to the process of schoolwork," added Dr. Parker. "They have to focus well and track well in order to read. They need to be comfortable seeing."

Every Thursday from now through September 30, Dr. Parker and Dr. Smith will be conducting free vision screenings for school-aged children.

"We're trying to influence awareness with parents to make sure that at the end of the school year and before the next year their child's eyes are checked," said Dr. Parker.

That's how Envision Eye Care captures the WTOC Community Spirit.

Again the eye screenings are free,  but you have to make an appointment. Contact Envision Eye Care, 10010 Abercorn St., Savannah, 912.927.0707.

Questions or comments concerning WTOC Community Spirit should be directed to Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com.