Prevent Blindness Northern California’s See Well to Learn program delivered school-based vision screenings, on-site eye exams, free eyeglasses, and referrals to pediatric ophthalmologists as needed to preschoolers in low income neighborhoods in San Francisco and Oakland. All services were conducted onboard a special mobile clinic that was driven to preschool sites—the “Eye Bus.”
Through a partnership with the See Well to Learn program, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco, led by Dr. Alejandra de Alba Campomanes, member of the Advisory Committee of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, monitored the compliance of preschool-aged children who received glasses by obtaining feedback from parents on challenges that they were facing in having their children wear new glasses. Parents received a printed copy of advice and tips as well as a sticker chart to help their child adjust to glasses as well as phone calls from researchers to assess compliance.
This study was published while the San Francisco Partnerships for Children’s Vision was a participant in Prevent Blindness’ Community of Practice, Better Vision Together.
Sabharwal S, Nakayoshi A, Lees CR, Perez S, de Alba Campomanes AG. Prevalence and factors associated with eyeglass wear compliance among preschoolers from low-income families in San Francisco, California. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online February 18, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.7053