Vision Screening Program

Close up of an eye, caption: "let your experience, be their vision"

In school, work and recreation, vision health matters. Through the vision screening program, take your college education and the community's eyesight further.

The MSU Vision Screening Program is a recent recipient of Community Partnership of the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness award for "collaboration, compassion and generosity" during COVID‑19.

Did you know

  • 1 in 4 children struggle with a vision problem
  • 80% of learning occurs through vision
  • Approximately 11% of people tested during vision screenings have potential vision issues
  • The vision screening program has screened nearly 50,000 people since it's beginning

Take your college education and the community's eyesight further.

A student tests a man's eyes with the SPOT screener deviceTwo iPads with color vision tests on display

Students enrolled in service-learning use high-tech equipment to provide free vision screenings to children, youth and adults throughout southwest Missouri and abroad. The program is partnered with the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks, where community members who have been flagged for vision issues can receive vision care on a sliding scale. Recently, the vision program has traveled overseas to Haiti, where many children had never before been evaluated for their vision health.

Two Welch Allyn SPOT screeners waiting for use at a screening eventA student works with a young boy from the community during a color vision test on iPad

Provost Einhellig Picture and Link to Vision Screening Promo Video

The mission for MSU's Vision Screening Program is to provide a cost-effective direct response to the vision care problems of children and under-served adults who live in southwest Missouri communities. Undergraduate and graduate service-learning students provide free vision screenings to children 6-months of age through adulthood. We conduct screenings at many locations and events including local daycare facilities, school districts, the Victory Mission, Salvation Army, and the annual HOPE Connection event. From the beginning of the program in November 2013 to now, we've screened nearly 50,000 infants, children, and adults. Out of those screened, 5,322 have been identified as having "significant" to "possibly significant" eye problems. This is a signature project that continues to grow every semester.

Graph showing significant increases of vision screenings over several academic years

Graph showing significant increases in vision problems that were detected by the screenings over several academic years

In the fall of 2017, CASL screenings peeked at an all time high of 10,000 vision screenings in a single semester. As numbers continue to climb, the detection of vision problems will increase in accuracy and more of our community will receive eye care, improving education, work and lifestyles.