Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has teamed up with community partners and your child’s school to make pediatric eye care more accessible by bringing the Visionmobile to schools.
With parental consent, the Visionmobile’s licensed eye care doctor will provide your child with a comprehensive eye exam. If the doctor prescribes eyeglasses to correct your child’s eyesight, eyeglasses will be ordered for your child and delivered to the school.
If it is determined that your child needs more advanced eye care, Visionmobile staff are happy to assist with a referral to a specialist in the community.
Colby Fletcher, O.D., is the Visionmobile’s eye doctor. Dr. Fletcher received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry. He is a member of the American and Nebraska Optometric Associations.
The mission of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is to improve the life of every child – through dedication to exceptional clinical care, research, education, and advocacy. At Children’s, no child in need of medical care is turned away due to inability to pay.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the comprehensive eye exam on the Visionmobile different than the screening performed by a school nurse?
The Visionmobile provides the same high-quality eye exam as would be performed in an eye care doctor’s office. A comprehensive eye exam from a qualified eye care doctor is important because some vision problems can only be detected through complex tests that a school nurse cannot perform. Only a qualified eye care doctor can prescribe eyeglasses for children or direct parents to the treatment necessary to improve their children’s vision.
Why is it important for my child to have an eye exam?
- One out of four school-age children has vision problems.
- Untreated vision problems can affect learning ability, behavior and social adjustment in school.
- Early detection and treatment is the best chance to correct vision problems, so your child can see clearly – and learn.
What procedures are conducted during my child’s Visionmobile eye exam?
During a comprehensive eye exam, the eye care doctor will:
- Examine how the eyes work together (binocularity).
- Check the fluid pressure in the eyes.
- Check the health of the front part of the eyes.
- Determine, if needed, the prescription strength for glasses.
- With parent consent, place drops in the eyes to widen (dilate) the pupils for a comprehensive look at the back of the eyes. After dilation, your child’s eyes will likely be blurry and sensitive to light, and reading may be difficult. These effects are normal and can last anywhere from 6 to 24 hours.
Do I need to be present during my child’s exam?
By signing a parent consent and enrollment form, you consent to Children’s Visionmobile team providing care to your child. You are welcome to attend your child’s eye exam. However, an inability to attend will not prevent your child from receiving an exam.
How will I find out the results of the eye exam?
Results will be communicated through your child’s school nurse.
Is there a cost to my family for the eye exam or for the glasses prescribed?
No child will be turned away due to a family’s inability to pay. If applicable, claims will be submitted to your health or vision insurance on your behalf.
For questions or more information, please call 402-639-0124 or email Visionmobile@ChildrensOmaha.org.
Mailed inquiries for the Visionmobile should be addressed to: