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.
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.