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Children in Las Vegas to Receive Free Comprehensive Eye Exams and Prescription Glasses as Part of Back-to-School Health Event

  • Las Vegas children to receive free comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses as part of a public health event on Sept. 29 at the Eye Care 4 Kids clinic in Las Vegas
  • Health event provides a reminder about the importance of eye health and the need for comprehensive eye exams during back-to-school season

WHAT:

Las Vegas children and families can receive free comprehensive eye exams and glasses donations as part of a back-to-school eye health event. The exams will be conducted by optometrists at the Eye Care 4 Kids clinic, and any child with the need for prescription eyewear will receive a free pair of glasses during a follow-up visit.

UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound will offer support and join volunteers in providing eye health education and vision loss prevention information. Each child will also receive a free book donated by the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.

The event is part of grants from UnitedHealthcare to nonprofits in cities across the country to coordinate free comprehensive eye exams, vision screenings and glasses donations. Eye Care 4 Kids in Nevada has received a $5,000 grant for the local event.

WHO:
Children and families from across Nevada
Stephanie Kirby, M. Ed., Executive Director, Eye Care 4 Kids
Health Plan of Nevada
UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound and employee volunteers

WHERE:
Eye Care 4 Kids clinic
6150 W. Smoke Ranch Rd.
Las Vegas, 89108

WHEN:
Saturday, Sept. 29
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Community open house and comprehensive eye exams
11 to 11:30 a.m. – Check presentation

WHY:
 Eye health is important for overall health, especially for young people

  • One in four children have an undiagnosed vision problem that, if left untreated, may result in learning issues and hinder academic performance and development.
  • As much as 80 percent of what children learn is through their eyes, so it is important for young people to access comprehensive eye exams.
  • School vision screens can miss common eye health conditions such as poor eye alignment, focusing problems and farsightedness.
  • A child’s first comprehensive eye exam should occur between 6 months and 12 months, again at age 3 and before entering school at age 5 or 6.
  • Despite these recommendations, 34 percent of Americans incorrectly believe children should receive a first comprehensive eye exam at age five or later, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey.

VISUALS: Phoenix-area children receiving comprehensive eye exams and learning about eye health from staff members at Eye Care 4 Kids, UnitedHealthcare and Dr. Health E. Hound.

About Eye Care 4 Kids
Founded in 2001, Eye Care 4 Kids has served nearly 250,000 underserved children and low-income families with professional eyecare and vision services. Eye Care 4 Kids has nine clinics in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Jersey. Not only do they provide the services, but also they take it to the children with three school based vision clinics and three of these are Mobile Vision Clinics. For 15 years, Eye Care 4 Kids has made humanitarian trips to Native American reservations. Thousands of children have been provides with eye exams and eyeglasses. For more information visit Eye Care 4 Kids at www.eyecare4kids.org

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.