Vision & Hearing Screening Program

Undiagnosed problems are holding back our youth

MEDARVA Vision & Hearing Screening Program

Did you know...

  • One in four school children has vision impairment significant enough to affect learning. 
  • The way a child learns is 80% visual, and 75% auditory
  • Vision and hearing screening programs that use state-of-the-art equipment like ourshave a much higher rate of identifying problems then basic eye and ear tests.

Research shows that children only know what they have experienced so fuzzy letters, words or even faces may not seem strange to them, because that's all they know. Finding and addressing eye problems such as blurry vision, Amblyopia (lazy eye) and Strabismus (crossed eyes) at an early age may have a big impact on a child's success in school and can often be treated with early detection.

A child's behavior in the classroom may indicate the possibility of a hearing loss. The child may be inattentive, ask for frequent repetitions, or his/her achievements may be low. The observation of such behavior will assist in identifying children in need of a hearing assessment.

On-going vision and hearing screening by healthcare professionals is important. Growing children constantly use their eyes and ears, both at play and in the classroom. Early detection of vision or hearing problems increases each child's opportunity for academic and social success!

Mobile vision and hearing screenings prepare preschoolers for kindergarten

The MEDARVA Vision & Hearing Screening Program is an educational program, with a screening component, providing free state-of-the-art vision and hearing screenings to children about to enter kindergarten.

MEDARVA Healthcare, the parent company of Stony Point Surgery Center, has been involved with vision and hearing screening programs for more than five years. We launched our own pre-K screening program after recognizing that 25% of pre-K students do not pass either the vision or hearing portion of the screening.

Free vision and hearing screenings are currently available for scheduling in the cities of Richmond and its surround counties, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg. If your preschool is interested in having a screening for its students, or wants to learn more about preschool vision and hearing, please contact us either by phone: 804-545-0294, or email

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  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • An eye turning in or out
  • Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read
  • Attempt to do work, but with a lower level of comprehension
  • Experience discomfort, fatigue and a short attention span

All of these are just examples and there are other things that an eye care professional may discuss with you as your child grows.

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