Freeport Schools first in Nassau to use new vision screening system

Freeport became the first school district in Nassau County to provide SpotVision, a new state-of-the-art vision screening system, to its students.

Kindergartners at Archer Street School were the first group of students to benefit from the groundbreaking eye exam. Archer Street School nurse Sarah Molese administered the eye exams, which take just a few seconds to complete. Unlike traditional eye chart tests, SpotVision instantly screens for possible nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatisms, eye turns, lazy eye or depth perception issues.

Each student stood approximately six feet away, while the handheld scanner examined both eyes and listed any possible conditions the child may have. Individual printouts of the examination results were available immediately following each screening.

The district sent letters home to parents advising them of their child’s vision results and recommended a follow-up visit with an ophthalmologist, if necessary.

SpotVision’s implementation in Freeport was made possible through a joint partnership with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano.

“These screenings will contribute to the well-being and to the future academic success of our children,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham said. “We look forward to continuing this partnership enabling us to provide screening on a larger scale.”