A federally designated Medically Underserved Area, Boardman, Oregon, on the banks of the Columbia River, is home to 3,200 people. Many are served by the community health center bearing the river’s name, but vision care wasn’t a priority until a collaborative opportunity presented itself to Dr. Rebecca Chown, O.D.
In April 2016, Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Head Start program teamed up with Dr. Chown to ensure 26 children-who had been on a one-year wait list for care-could receive follow-up care from an eye doctor. Dr. Chown agreed to volunteer her time and conducted comprehensive eye exams on the 3- and 4-year-olds.
“It wasn’t just a little bit of farsightedness or nearsightedness,” she says. “We’re talking three diopters of astigmatism and significant amounts of farsightedness or nearsightedness. These children were in sincere need. This is an opportunity for optometrists to lead the way in helping their communities.” Click here to read more
In Oregon, 25% of 2nd and 4th graders have undetected vision problems. That means that sometimes learning problems may be undiagnosed vision problems.
OOPA worked with partners in 2013 to enact The Children’s Vision Law in Oregon. Now, children up to age 7 starting school receive an eye exam or vision screening, plus glasses or other treatment, if needed.
Your Oregon optometric physicians provide comprehensive eye exams to diagnose and treat vision problems that affect learning in children and partner with the Oregon Foundation for Vision Awareness to ensure that inability to pay is not a barrier to children receiving the primary eye health services they need, and that the law requires.
If you do not have vision insurance and can not afford the cost of routine eye care, we want to help.
Click on the link below for a vision application, our staff will attempt to match you with a no-cost insurance option. Limited adult vision services are available also.
The Children’s Vision 1-3-5 program is part of the “Kids Welcome Here” campaign for children ages 1-18, a commitment by the Oregon Foundation for Vision Awareness to ensure that our children have the best possible eyesight and vision skills for their educational years and future lives.
For additional information or questions regarding insurance options, please contact the OOPA office at 800-922-2045. Or for additional brochures contact Lynne Olson at gro.yrtemotponogeronull@ennyl.