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Free Eye Screenings For Preschoolers

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In just a few short weeks kids will be heading back to school. And as parents check off supplies on their to-do lists we have one for you. Health experts say having your child's eyes checked is just as important as your other preparations.

 

At 7-Day Clinic and University Eyecare Professionals they are offering free eye screenings for kids.

"they don't know they can't see because they have nothing to compare it to." 7-Day Clinic LPN Beth Hofner explains, "and it's important to know if they have any vision issues  or speech problems,we can catch that early, so they can start their school experience not behind and get a little jump start. "

Health experts say this age is important to check the eyes and ears, because the children can now say what items they can and can not see before they head to school.

"It's happened where many children start school and they don't know they are having vision issues or it's misinterpreted why they aren't able to communicate well, and it boils down to them not being able too see appropriately or hear." Hofner says.

That's why the two businesses are giving back to the community with this free program, to help  parents so their kids can learn at their best.

"Give kids that jumping start so they can start school well, and so they can be ahead of the game instead of behind." Hofner says.

And parents couldn't be happier having one more item checked off their to-do list.

"The earlier you know if there's a little problem, or if there's not a problem the better. you know, get it taken care of while you can." Molly Ralston says who brought her son in.

Again this is a free program that 7-Day Clinic and University Eyecare Professionals is offering in August for preschool aged children.


 

Original Story:

In just a few weeks kids will be boarding the busses and going back to school, but before they do there is a list of things that need to be done. Not only do they need new clothes, and all the supplies, but it's a good idea to have their eyes checked as well.

In August 7-Day Clinic in North Fargo is teaming up with University Eyecare Professionals to help give free eye screenings to preschool aged kids. They say it's important for them to be able to see their best so they can learn their best. Their program is called the Healthy Ear and Healthy Eye Screening for Preschoolers Process, or the HeHe Program.

To sign your child up for the free screenings that are given on Wednesdays and Fridays just click here. Or to read more about the program click here and look for the HeHe Program tab.

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