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I Care For Kids!

Autumn’s Story:


"Autumn is an outgoing, spunky 7-year-old. Her personality is definitely one of a kind! Despite the challenges caused by her cerebral palsy and autism, she’s always laughing and ready to have some fun. And she LOVES horses! Autumn first became a patient at SCO in March 2016. We were looking for options to help her with her diagnoses of “strabismus,” which causes her eyes to turn inward, and “amblyopia,” which causes reduced vision.  Before vision therapy at SCO, Autumn needed help walking up and down stairs. Her first-grade school work was very difficult for her, as were other everyday activities.  Autumn would fall down a lot and was unable to keep up with her peers.

Now, after being a patient at SCO for just 8 short months, my Autumn can run up and down stairs, and her peers are having to keep up with her! She is finally learning to read! Her vision has gone from 20/200 to 20/70, which is huge. Vision therapy was our only option to save Autumn's vision, and without SCO’s “I Care for Kids” children’s vision program, I would not have been able to pay for it.  It is a very wonderful thing to have! My experience with the doctors, interns, and staff at SCO has been absolutely amazing. They are all so helpful and caring. I couldn't ask for any better care for my daughter. Without vision therapy, Autumn would have completely lost her vision in her left eye, and her struggles would have continued to increase. Because of vision therapy at SCO, she can fully participate in life. I can't thank the doctors and everyone at SCO enough for everything they have done and continue to do for my precious Autumn!"

- Grace, Autumn’s Mom

Did you know that SCO provides vision care to children, regardless of their guardians’ ability to pay? SCO provides over $100,000 of free or low-cost vision care to children in the community every year.

Children like Autumn need our help to make sure that they have a bright future! Did you know that 80% of all learning is done visually?

Every dollar counts. Check out what you can do to improve a child’s life today! Here are some examples of where your dollars go:

  • $38: One hour of Vision Therapy

    • Did you know that most insurance doesn’t cover this vital service? Vision therapy can prevent the development of certain vision problems or improve conditions like crossed-eyes and lazy eye, and can help in eye movement control or focusing, skills which help a child read better!

  • $40-47: Low-vision filters

    • These are tinted glasses that reduce discomfort from glare.

  • $55-$85: Low-vision optical magnifiers

    • These magnifiers help a child with low vision see a book page clearly!

  • $100-$150: Low-vision telescopes

    • These telescopes help children see objects that are far away, like the blackboard in a classroom!

  • $485-$615: Low-vision portable electronic devices

    • These devices are electronic magnifiers that can magnify and change contrast for reading or distance viewing.

To make a difference in a child’s life, click here.

You can also support children’s vision by using Amazon Smile and signing up for Kroger Community Rewards and designating SCO as your charity of choice. This supports children’s vision at no cost to you.