IN-SIGHT, in collaboration with Dr. Greg Waldorf and MCPHS University, hosts a weekly pediatric low vision clinic for children age six months to seventeen years old.
Unlike our adult low vision patients who can read an eye chart and descriptively tell us what they can and cannot see, our youngest patients typically require a much more observational exam.
It is not uncommon for Dr. Waldorf and his optometry students to get down on the floor with toys to see how the kids react to different shapes, colors, and distances.
The observations that are made during the exam end up informing recommendations that are made to the child’s parents, teachers, early intervention specialists, and others about the best ways to support the child’s independence and learning.
These exams are currently administered in our adult exam room, which has a lot of furniture and equipment that makes it hard for the kids to actually crawl around and play.
We are currently working refurbish a recently emptied room in our low vision clinic to accomodate a new pediatric exam room. The room is in good shape, but needs new paint, carpet, child resistant electrical outlets, lighting, and chairs for the kids and the adults.
Your support of 401 Gives on April 1 will help provide the funds needed to get the room ready for when our pediatric exams start up again after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.