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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Silicon Valley learns from high-tech Alabama vision screening program

Silicon Valley plans to duplicate a model vision screening program for children in Alabama that uses high-tech cameras.

"Photo optic scan cameras take pictures of children's eyes so they don't have to wait until there're old enough to read an eye chart to get a fair assessment of their vision," explains Stephen Black, president and founder of Impact Alabama. "We start screening at 16 months of age."

"If one eye has a serious problem the other eye doesn't have, your brain literally starts to shut that other eye down," said Black. "You have a window of opportunity to fix it at the end of which, there's no repairing it."

There is now a similar eye screening program in Silicon Valley, reports CBS Francisco. Read more