Northeast Eye Care in West Point is holding a free 3-year old Screening Night called See to Learn on Wednesday. Dr. Brandon Ridder talks about what the eye exam involves. “We basically look at how well they can see, and then we look at their focusing abilities, we look at their eye alignment, depth perception, color vision, we test their peripheral vision, and lastly we look at the overall health of the eye.”
Ridder says the program, which is put on by the American Optometric Association, will run from 3:30-5:45 p.m.
The idea is to make it a good experience for the kids and get them acclimated with eye care, according to Ridder. “It’s just a way for us to number one get kids used to coming in to the eye doctor. They realize that we’re not nobody to be scared of, that’s a fun experience. So we try to make it nice and fun. We have candy and popcorn, stickers and balloons. Try to make everything nice and fun.”
Ridder says 20% of all kindergartners have some sort of vision problem, and about 60% of kids in a reading program are in it due to not being able to see.
To schedule an exam, call Northeast Eye Care at 402-372-3266.