LuEllen Childress wrote -
Monroe County Children’s Vision Center is being uniquely created to address the often unsuspected vision needs of children while at the same time researching the nature of the disorders being treated, under the guidance of some of the world’s leading optometrists. Research gleaned from this Center can impact children the world over. Children’s vision affects much more than just their school work. Impaired vision also affects their self esteem and morale, and can lead them to become discouraged and quit. 70% of juvenile delinquents have binocular vision disorder (BVD), a condition in which they eyes do not work together properly. For more information, go to COVD.org or PAVEVision.org. "Vision" involves more than acuity. Studies show 25% of any population has BVD but many are totally unaware that they don't see properly because they have always seen that way, especially children. It is called "The Hidden Disability" because it so often goes undetected. Based on statistics for our rural county of 36,000, there may be as many as 2,000 children who have BVD! In addition, vision therapy can address some neurological disorders: autism spectrum; ADD/ADHD; and traumatic brain injury. (Refer again to COVD.) I find this so compelling that it has been the reason for creating MCCVC, and for recruiting some of the most prominent doctors of optometry to guide the research. But Monroe County's median family income is only $36K and vision therapy is not affordable to many. Our goal of $1,000,000 will fund the clinic for the first three years and provide totally free care to any child from Monroe County, birth to 18 years, giving time to establish the practice and the research base. Will you be a part of that mission?