Children's Vision Foundation (CVF)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Children’s Vision Foundation is to identify children who have potential visual barriers to learning, to encourage families and schools to seek professional eye care for identified children, and to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of vision problems.

Our Goals

To conduct screenings that includes an in-depth assessment of children’s visual abilities.

To provide families and school staff with information that will facilitate appropriate vision care referrals.

To educate communities about learning related vision problems.

To enhance the opportunity for children to learn and succeed.

The correlation is clear... VISION is integral to a child's success.

Studies show that fully 85 percent of the average child's learning is done visually. Yet almost 25 percent of school-age children have vision problems that can affect their ability to learn. There is a direct connection between undetected vision problems and a child's success in school. In fact, at least 70 percent of juvenile delinquents have vision problems. The correlation is clear: Good vision is integral to a child's academic success.

While many children pass their school's standard vision screening, standard screening is designed to check only for distance vision. These screenings DO NOT check to see if a child can coordinate both eyes as a team, track print consistently across a written page, sustain eye focus across a written page, or adjust focus when looking from near to far—all necessary components of effective learning.

The Children's Vision Foundation (CVF) is a non-profit organization that specializes in identifying and helping children with these types of vision problems. CVF screens 3–5,000 students annually in public and private schools in communities across Oregon. Our goal is to advocate for students to ensure a lifetime of successful learning through optimum visual function.

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