Vision Screening Program

A service-learning student guides a child through a vision test

Explore medical services and help improve the community's vision health.

Our vision screening program provides a cost-effective, direct response to the vision care problems of children and under-served adults. Service-learning students get hands-on experience and use high-tech equipment to provide free vision screenings to children 6-months of age through adulthood. 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. 

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.

1 in 4
Children struggle with a vision problem of some kind

People have been screened since the program began

Amount of people that we've referred for follow-up care

Check your vision

All new and available to the Missouri State staff, faculty and students: see how one of our biggest programs works by getting a free vision health check-up in our campus office.

An AmeriCorps member tests a Missouri State student's eyes using the digital vision screener camera

Vision screening stats

From the beginning of the program in 2013 to now, we've screened nearly 83,400 infants, children, and adults. Out of those screened, 9,111  have been identified as having "significant" to "possibly significant" eye problems. 

Number of people screened per academic year

The graph below indicates the total number of vision screenings we've conducted per year. 

Graph of total vision screenings by academic year

Number of people found with vision problems

The graph below indicates the the total number of people who were screened, found with a vision problem, and then referred for follow-up care.

Graph of total vision problems found by academic year
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.

Missouri State leadership talks about the vision screening program

Provost Einhellig talks about the vision program