Helping Children Focus on Success

Making sure youngsters start school with the 20/20 vision they need to learn is often overlooked … even though it can have a major impact on future success. According to Conexus for Healthy Vision, a nonprofit serving Virginia, only 15 percent of children will see an eye care professional before entering school, yet 80 percent of what a child learns in the classroom depends on good vision.

"Our mission is to remove poor vision as a barrier to a child’s success,” said Tim Gresham, president & CEO of Conexus, on a recent visit to an eye-screening at Westview Early Education Center in Petersburg, VA. Last year at Westview, Conexus provided free screenings to nearly 340 children and referred 40 percent of them for further eye exams.

"This is an opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives by identifying vision problems very early,” said Dr. Marcus J. Newsome, superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools. 

This past year the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation helped Conexus achieve their mission with a $25,000 Critical Community Need grant for eye screenings across Virginia. 

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