For almost a decade, the John A. Moran Eye Center has been offering employer-sponsored health fairs to provide simple, free vision screenings and health education brochures as a service to the community. To promote optimal vision healthcare, Moran vision-screening specialists provide more than 6,000 vision screenings at over fifty employer-sponsored health fairs each year.

The purpose of the screenings is not to diagnose or treat eye disease. But vision problems in children affect learning, and vision problems in adults limit career opportunities. “Since most vision problems can be prevented with early detection, we simply screen people to make sure that their vision is functioning within a normal range,” states Shawn Nelson, Moran marketing manager and certified American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE), “If not, we recommend that they see their eye doctor.”

Most screenings take about two to four minutes per person. Using a machine similar to the one used by the Drivers License Division, people can wear their contacts or glasses to determine their effectiveness, and may be screened for the following:

  • Near and Far Visual Acuity (from a range of 20/200 to 20/20)
  • Depth perception
  • Peripheral Vision
  • Color Vision
  • Signs of Amblyopia
  • Reading Range: A near vision chart is used to validate weather a person’s reading range is working for them.
  • Signs of Glaucoma: A non-contact puff tonomotry is used to measure pressure in the front of the eye, which doesn’t determine glaucoma, but can indicated early signs of possible glaucoma if out of the normal pressure range, which is the third most common eye disease.

For glaucoma, you will be informed of what the normal range is and where your pressure falls within that range. If yours is out of the normal range, you are encouraged to see your doctor. “I encourage people to go to their doctor and to use their insurance to get an eye exam,” informs Nelson—“most insurance companies provide an annual eye exam for the cost of a co-pay. I discuss eye health conditions, family history of eye disease, and encourage people to look at our website for more information.”

Early diagnosis and treatment can help save vision. But even without a family history of eye disease, the risk factors go up as you get older: People 30-40 years old should get an eye exam every three to four years; people age 50, every two years; and people age 60 and older, every year.

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Moran has provided community service-screenings for organizations such as the Salt Lake County Aging Services Senior Expo, the Homeless Center, Indian Walk-In Center, Lions Club, Boys and Girls Clubs, Questar, and more. “The Feedback I hear years later is how appreciative people are of the service—it is a nice opportunity to help the community,” says Nelson. If your organization or business offers health insurance, and you would like to arrange a health fair to provide free vision screenings for your employees, contact Shawn Nelson, ABO, NCLE, Marketing Manager, at 801-585-1562 or shawn.nelson@hsc.utah.edu