Students with uncorrected eye problems are often at an academic disadvantage, officials said, explaining the need for such services. Some students - and parents - are unaware the child has vision issues.
“Poor vision can be a huge barrier to learning,” said Atlanta school district Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. “We want to help our students gain access to the necessary health services so they can reach their highest academic potential.”
Atlanta’s school system will not have to pay for the service, officials said. In most cases, the company will bill a parent’s medical insurance company. Officials said they may waive an insurance co-pay or do the work for free for eligible low-income students.
Boston’s school district has a similar partnership with 2020 On-site, the company said.
By law, public school students must undergo simple vision screening in school, but many families don't follow up with the comprehensive annual eye exams recommended by the American Optometric Association.
The vision exams are part of the school district’s efforts to provide more wrap-around services, such as dental screenings, for students.