Sight Savers America will hold a special celebration on Thursday, March 6, to honor individuals or organizations whose impact on children’s eye care in the state of Alabama has been both lasting and profound. That afternoon Sight Savers will present … Continue reading
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Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Eye doctor offices are nothing new for Bossier 4th grader Jake Skipper.He has an eye disorder that effects almost all parts of his eyesight.
Even though it’s hard for him to see, Jake loves reading. So much that he was willing to wear a pair of pink granny glasses, since they magnified the print, allowing him to read more easily than usual.
Thanks to a grant to Sight Savers America from the The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation, Jake can put away the pink granny glasses for good. With the foundations help, Jake is taking home a very expensive computer that allows him to magnify things up to 79%.
The machine will help him and other children in the program read and write. It also has a moveable camera that will allow him to brush his teeth and hair, giving him some of the independence that every child desires.
Jakes mom, Michele, thinks this computer will teach him the independence that he will need as he moves on with his life, becoming a successful young man.
Some visually impaired children in the New Orleans area will now be able to see things they couldn’t before.
Sight Savers America gave two more children technology that can magnify things up to 79 times. And it’s not only for school work. The camera on the Electronic Video Magnifiers, can move so children can look at things out the window, watch TV, and even use it for brushing their teeth and hair, and putting on make up.
“They can read, write, complete homework, see their favorite pet, or sometimes even their mothers’ faces. That talks to the benefits of this technology,” said Liz Edwards, the Development Director of Sight Savers America.
The Eye Can See Now program in Birmingham, has helped 70 children in Southeast Louisiana with this technology since Hurricane Katrina. As more grant money comes in, more children will get the EVM devices and the training to use them, free.
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Sight is something many of us may take for granted, but for millions of children in America their vision is one thing they’d like to improve.
One local young woman has made it her goal to help visually impaired children in our area.
That person is Miss Jefferson County Hayley Barber.
This collaborating on a program called “Sight Savers America.”
“We provide comprehensive eye care for over 40,000 children each year through a network of child referral agencies, medical providers and other eye care professionals,” according to sightsaversamerica.org. “This children’s eye care network provides vision screenings, eye exams, eyeglasses, medications, surgeries, low vision assessments, vision aids and other therapeutic vision treatments. We also coordinate transportation, medical insurance and follow-up care. We perform comprehensive, school-based, head to toe health screenings for over 30,000 children each year; including blood pressure, BMI, respiratory rate, ear/nose/throat, temperature, dental, vision, hearing, and medical insurance status.”
Also, “Singing for Sight” is tonight at Westwood Baptist Church in Birmingham.
It starts at 5 p.m.
Help improve a child’s life by having your teeth whitened. Sound easy? That’s because it is. The 15th annual Smiles For Life Campaign begins today, which means dental patients nationwide can brighten a child’s future just by visiting local Crown Council dentist Dr. James Sanderson.
For the first time, he could see the spikes in the wheels in his toy cars. He could watch when his parents scratched their faces, instead of just seeing their forms. He could watch TV from across the living room instead of two feet away. He is learning to write letters and color inside the lines before he starts kindergarten in the fall.