|Consortium Brings Vision Screening to Catholic Schools|
ANNAPOLIS, MD. (August 31, 2012) — The MACSC has formed a new partnership with Prevent Blindness Mid-Atlantic (PBMA) to bring vision screen services to our Catholic schools, beginning this school year in the Diocese of Richmond. Healthy vision is a key component to success in school, yet most Catholic schools in the Mid-Atlantic region are not equipped to provide vision screening services to their students. After working with diocesan administrators to identify the vision needs of the children enrolled in our Catholic schools, we worked with PBMA to adapt its highly-successful mobile pre-school vision screening program into a cost effective model for delivering high-quality vision screening to our Catholic schools students.
PBMA currently works with Virginia public school systems to support state-mandated vision screenings in Virginia and is expanding its services into the Maryland public schools. Our new partnership will provide PBMA's "StarPupils" technology-based vision screening to our schools, as well as vouchers for free follow-up eye exams and/or glasses for needy students who qualify.
With a grant from the Bon Secours Health System in Richmond, we will launch this program in the Diocese of Richmond this fall and expand the program to our other dioceses once additional grant funding has been secured.