In Walker County, the organization screened students at Oakman, Sumiton and T.S. Boyd’s Headstart Programs on Friday. The initiative, called FocusFirst, uses undergraduate and graduate students to provide cost-effective screenings for Alabama children between the ages of six months and five years old. These screenings involve using a high-tech photo optic scan camera to check the students’ eyes and then following up with subsidized care for those who need it.
The screenings are analyzed by Vision Research Corporation and approximately 11 percent of the children screened had a potential problem and received follow-up care through Sight Savers America.
Stephen Black, the founder and president of Impact Alabama, believes the early checks are important so students have every opportunity to learn.
“All children deserve to start school with the best vision medically possible,” Black said.
The FocusFirst initiative began in 2004 and covers all 67 counties in the state. The more than 2,500 college students who conduct the screenings have come from more than 20 different universities in the state.
For more information, please contact Stephen Black at (205) 936-9963 or visit impactalabama.org.