DURING 2008, THE CAMDEN EYE CENTER (CEC) EXPECTS TO PROVIDE PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO 6,277 CHILDREN THROUGH ITS SIGHT FIRST FOR KIDS (SFFK) PROGRAM. THE SUBARU OF AMERICA FOUNDATION PROVIDES FUNDING TO CEC FOR THE SFFK PROGRAM.
CAMDEN EYE CENTER
The CEC was established to address the health needs of Camden City, Camden County, and southern New Jersey. As a network of eye care centers and programs designed for the community, the center offers specialized services and comprehensive eye care for children, the elderly, and people who are homeless.
The center’s work is based on the premise that eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many problems have no noticeable signs or symptoms, and, as a result, these problems go undetected. The center enables early diagnosis and treatment, which are important for maintaining good vision and eye health and preventing vision loss
SIGHT FIRST FOR KIDS
Through the SFFK program, services are available to disadvantaged, low-income, and uninsured children. Children receive comprehensive vision exams to identify potential problems such as crossed eyes, lazy eye, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Affected children are provided with prescriptive eye wear.
Children with uncorrected vision or eye health problems face obstacles in life – academically, socially, and athletically. Eye care can help them reach their full potential. According to the American Optometric Association, 80 percent of all learning is performed through vision.
As the CEC continues to serve its community, it’s actively involved in the Healthy People/Healthy Vision 2010 national health promotion and disease prevention initiative.
For more information about the CEC’s SFFK program, go to www.camdeneye.com.