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YHS health office partnering with United Way to provide free vision screenings for students

Yuma Union High School District in partnership with The United Way of Yuma are conducting free vision screenings for all new students on campuses this fall.

The screenings, which will take place over the next several weeks across the district, are a part of an initiative to help students improve classroom performance, quality of life, and reduce potential longer-term vision problems.

“It’s important so that they’re able to fully participate in the classroom and they can see everything they need to complete their work,” Cibola High School Registered Nurse Christianna Clark said. “A lot of times students haven’t had vision screening since elementary school, so when you have increased phone use there could be some changes in vision. The early the better when it comes to finding visual problems.”

A computerized screening tool called EyeSpy 2020 is used to measure visual acuity, depth perception and color vision.

The first screening for YUHSD schools will take place in the Yuma High School library on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28. For more information about screenings on a specific campus, families should contact their school health office.

Here are upcoming dates students can receive free vision screening:

CHS: Sep. 18 and Sep. 30

GRHS: Sep. 13

KHS: Sep. 25-26

SLHS: TBD

VHS: TBD

YHS: Aug. 27-28

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org