It is never too early to begin preparing when facing a vision-related challenge. When Malia Thibado received her CCTV on 10/16/09, she was a preschooler able to identify colors and letters, but not yet reading. The training conducted at the Sight Savers America office was first given to her mother, then Malia under her mother’s supervision. She has since started school and is quickly learning phonics and to read. Continue reading
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BIRMINGHAM, AL -
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.
from Western University of Health Sciences’ Eye Care Center worked with Sight Savers American, a national not-for-profit organization that provides free vision care for economically disadvantaged children, to get KayleeAnn the device known as the Optelec MultiView electronic video magnifier, also referred to as an EVM.
KayleeAnn has a detached retina and dislocated lenses resulting in low vision.
She was born with the lenses in her eyes out of place, said Dr. Robert Gordon, associate dean of clinical affairs at Western University’s College of Optometry.
Although KayleeAnn underwent surgery recently to place an artificial lens in one eye she still can’t see very well and she has vision problems with her other eye, he said.
It has already been a very merry Christmas for one 11-year-old girl in Lauderdale County.
Thanks to the efforts of Sight Savers America, Kalee Guin, who suffers from a severe visual impairment, received life-changing assistive technology on Thursday at her home on Wesley Chapel Road. If seeing is believing, then watching Kalee read without losing her place was a miracle in the making.
“When she first used the device in the doctor’s office in October it was a huge difference,” said Guin’s mother, Sally Long. “We believe this will be the answer to her problems of reading.”
Guin was referred to Sight Savers America by Dr. Dawn DeCarlo at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation. Guin was born with cerebral palsy. She also has strabismus and optic atrophy, resulting in low vision. Low vision is a medical term defined as “chronic disabling visual impairments that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or medical or surgical treatment.”
“She can see fine to move around. It is just when she tries to read her school work or read a book where the problem really is pronounced,” said Long.
“I’m so happy to get this,” said Guin, as she watched representatives with Sight Savers set up the monitor and camera system. “I love math and I think this will really help me do my homework much better.”