Dr. Pierce helped to develop and found the Vision Intervention Program (VIP).
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), about ten million children under the age of twelve in the United States have vision problems that make it hard for them to cope with the expectations at home and school. The V.I.P. finds 35% of screened students have vision issues; with a full 15% suffering significant challenges. Research conducted over the past 40 years and V.I.P. data support that vision challenges directly impact reading skills.
The program trains school personnel to screen children for vision problems, including visual perceptual, visual motor and visual efficiency delays, then tutor those students with exercises and activities that improve their visual skills.
Screening tests conducted by school nurses are very important for a child's success, as they address other aspects, such as visual acuity, color vision and depth perception. V.I.P. trained school personnel screen all children in specific grades (K-3 is recommended) for vision challenges. The screening involves five tests given to each child and takes approximately 10 minutes.
The specific tests conducted in this screening were developed by a team of eye specialists. Results of the screening are shared with parents or guardians. Those with serious vision challenges receive a letter advising them to see an eye specialist to determine if other underlying vision/perceptual problems could be contributing to difficulties in school.
Remember that ALL children need a comprehensive eye exam regardless of any learning difficulties.
The Vision Intervention Program is under the auspices of Learning Insights, a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization.