The UCSD EyeMobile for Children gives low-income kids 3-6 years of age
the vision they need to succeed in school and life by identifying,
treating and preventing vision disorders by means of vision screenings,
vision exams on the EyeMobile for Children, outreach and education, and
early child development research.
Children are screened for various eye disorders at their preschool
locations. Results are available immediately, and the parents are
notified of the results.
All children who are referred from the screening will receive a complete
eye exam at their school location. Once the exam is finished, the
optometrist is able to determine whether the child needs prescription
eyeglasses or other forms of treatment. Examination results will be
given to the parents as well as to the school to be retained for the
child's health record.
Within a week, an EyeMobile staff member will return to the school or
center with the pre-selected eyeglasses and cases for the children who
received prescriptions. The glasses will be individually fitted to make
sure they fit comfortably on the child.
Once children receive glasses, a staff member will call the home and
answer any questions parents might have. Staff members will call
teachers and parents to see how the child is doing with the glasses
throughout the year. Children who are at high risk for developing
amblyopia will be monitored closely, and repeat visual acuity tests will
be performed within a 6-8 week period. If acuity has not improved, the
child will be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist.In such cases, a
different course of treatment may be necessary to correct the eye
If a severe vision problem is detected during the EyeMobile exam, or if
the follow-up indicates that visual acuity is not improving with the
wearing of glasses, a referral to an ophthalmologist will be necessary.
if a child is not covered by insurance, project staff will make an
appointment with a UCSD ophthalmologist. Every effort will be made to
help provide the child with needed care.
If you have any questions regarding UCSD EyeMobile for Children
services, please call us at 858-822-2585 for more information.