Physician Assistant Students Provide Free Vision Screenings to High School Students

May 15th, 2019

Physician Assistant Students Provide Free Vision Screenings to High School Students

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 15, 2019 – More than a dozen High Point University Department of Physician Assistant students helped T. Wingate Andrews High School students see a little better on May 10.

HPU’s Marissa Akin, a physician assistant student in the Congdon School of Health Sciences, points to the line on the visual acuity chart the ninth grader was reading.

Through a partnership with Say Yes Guilford, HPU students provided a free vision screening to ninth graders at the area high school.

“One of the main senses we use for learning, in addition to hearing, is vision,” said Toni Jackson, assistant professor of physician assistant studies in HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences. “When your vision is impaired in any way it can impact your ability to learn to your fullest potential. Our students really enjoy taking their skills and putting them into actual practice with real patients.”

HPU’s Sara Tomlinson, a physician assistant student, asked the ninth graders to line up before they each read the smallest line on the visual acuity chart.

“This is a great opportunity to be able to offer these students a visual test that may not have been available to them,” said Tomlinson. “A lot of us went into health care because we wanted to give back, and this is a great start in reaching our goal.”

Say Yes Guilford provides scholarships to Guilford County students and has developed a Support Services Program to offer resources including mental health treatment, healthy eating, tutoring and mentors. The visual acuity screenings were performed as part of the Support Services Program.

HPU’s physician assistant students provided free vision acuity exams to ninth grade students at High Point Central High School earlier this year.