(Excerpt from a Richmond Times Dispatch article)
Nearly 1 in 3 Richmond Public Schools students are in school with untreated eye problems. A local nonprofit organization is working to address that.
Chesterfield County-based Conexus has given vision screenings to more than 21,000 city students since 2015, referring 32 percent of them for further testing — a rate exceeding the national average of 25 percent. Last school year, 1,243 students ended up with glasses because of it.
“With a certain percentage of kids, it’s just not going to happen if we don’t make it happen,” said Timothy L. Gresham, the president and CEO of Conexus since 1992. “It’s a bad cycle to be in, and we have a solution.”
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