Southgate children get free eye and ear exams

November 19, 2016 by  

Families in Southgate who are uninsured or underinsured often have problems when it comes to the required entry vision and hearing exams needed for children to go to public school. To help combat this added expense, Quality Care for Kids is offering free exams to all school age children.

The program is in addition to the basic screenings that are performed at the beginning of the school year. A full panel of tests will be run, testing for basic problems such as near- and farsightedness and poor hearing, but also looking for larger issues such as color blindness, ocular motility, visual field impairment, and auditory brainstem response. The medical staff on hand can also do follow-up exams if a student has failed a previous eye or ear test.

Mailing services from the school have sent consent forms to all parents in the district, stressing that the program is completely free, no matter what the insurance situation is for the family. It is important, however, that the consent form is filled out for the child to be examined. In the letter, it is also recommended that any uninsured or underinsured families look into signing up for the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP), which provides free health insurance to eligible children.

Quality Care for Kids will be providing its examinations on November 21 only. It is important that all forms are returned beforehand. Any families interested in the tests who may not have received a form are encouraged to contact the school district directly.