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In 2009, Massachusetts was selected by Prevent Blindness America to be one of five pilot states of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health to participate in an award from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. This led to the establishment of the Children’s Vision Massachusetts coalition. The coalition’s mission is to create a systematic approach to children’s vision services that assures allchildren have the opportunity to develop and retain their best possible vision to support healthy development and academic growth.

During the past seven years, the group has worked to define and analyze current practice related to comprehensive vision services for children in Massachusetts and has framed, designed, and created a strategy to guide the development of a statewide plan for improvement which includes the establishment of a public health infrastructure, data and case management systems, and the development and implementation of performance measures.

Children’s Vision Massachusetts is a seventy member coalition representing optometry, ophthalmology, nursing, pediatrics, public health, family physicians, and others from multiple affiliations and including parents and advocates.

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We are a coalition made up of parents, nurses, pediatricians, educators, public health professionals, optometrists and ophthalmologists. In our work, we try to see the world through the “eyes of a child.”

Goals

  1. To develop a cohesive system for vision screening and care for children birth to age 18 years (birth to age 22 years for children with special needs)
  2. To develop training programs to ensure that the tools utilized for assessments/screenings, and the process by which they are used, is of high quality and consistent across screeners
  3. To launch community education campaigns to build awareness of the new state-wide system and the importance of vision screening, diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care for typically developing children, emphasizing the importance of immediate comprehensive eye exams at the earliest possible time for children with special needs and other developmental concerns
  4. To develop and build alignment for guidelines and recommendations for providers, parents, early intervention programs, pre-schools, elementary and secondary schools
  5. To achieve dramatic improvement in completed referrals for eye exams and adherence to prescribed treatment