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J McAna, Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


The effects of not being able to see clearly for children touches many aspects of their lives. It is important to address the multiple barriers to children receiving the follow-up ophthalmic care they need. These many barriers that children face in regards to receiving follow-up vision care include limited access to care, lack of recognition on the parents’ part; the difficulties parents experience finding a vision care provider at the times they are available; the lack of clarity about the ability of public health insurance to pay for children’s glasses, and the state’s inability to track the incidence and outcomes of screenings and exams for children with public health insurance from medical assistance and screenings for children. Henceforth, the ideas and processes involved in designing a sustainable evaluative program protocol for delivering affordable quality eye-care to underserved children within the Philadelphia School District who otherwise do not have access to it are of the utmost importance.

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