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In California’s rural Central Valley, low-income children have limited access to vision care. School districts are teaming up with nonprofits to fill the gaps.
The length of the shutdown will dictate how furloughed and unpaid workers will be affected.
As many as 16 million people in the United States have undiagnosed or uncorrected vision problems that could be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.
Researchers estimate thousands of children suffer two debilitating eye conditions because they don’t get proper exams while young.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there is not enough evidence to know whether vision screening given by primary care doctors benefits patients.