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Refractive errors in young children enrolled in the South Bay Union School District of San Diego County, California

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Iliana Molina, MBA, UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, UCSD EyeMobile for Children, La Jolla, CA
The South Bay Union School District (SBUSD) is a K-6th grade elementary school district in San Diego with close proximity to the United States - Mexico Border.  Since the border is less than 2 miles away 80.89% of the students are Hispanic and 47.01% are English learners. With 67.70% of the students considered to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, the need for vision care is evident.

To fulfill state mandate, the UCSD EyeMobile team was approached by nurses from SBUSD to perform vision screenings for all elementary students enrolled in the district. In classrooms, children were screened using the handheld autorefractor. 

A total of 7,698 children were screened at 11 school sites located within a 4 mile radius. Results were shared with nurses to ensure all children referred by the autofrecactor would receive further evaluation by an eye care professional. Information collected and shared included mean refractive error (hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism) and the number of children already receiving optometric services.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Identify refractive errors in elementary school children Evaluate the need for vision care in the South Bay Union School District.

Keyword(s): Vision Care, Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of the UCSD EyeMobile for Children and oversee all aspects of this project. This is my 13th year with the UCSD EyeMobile.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.