Justa Ordorica, school nurse at Monte Vista Elementary School, was recently awarded the New Mexico Lions Club Operation KidSight Program Special Recognition Award for helping to ensure that all of the MVES students who received a referral notice through the program received a comprehensive eye exam.

Kidsight Award

Justa Ordorica (left), school nurse at Monte Vista Elementary School, receives the New Mexico Lions Club Operation KidSight Program Special Recognition Award from Program Manager Brenda Dunn (right) at Monte Vista Elementary School.

The KidSight program is a statewide, nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health to provide preventative screenings for children ages 3 to 7.

“While our program can detect possible vision problems, a comprehensive eye exam is the only way to diagnose and treat potential vision problems,” said Program Manager Brenda Dunn. “Since getting students to follow-up on the screening is critical, her [Ordorica] tireless efforts to serve as an advocate for the students is something to be celebrated.”

The screenings check for signs of potential vision problems such as: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (two focus points), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), strabismus (crossed eyes), anisocoria (unequal pupil size), and amblyopia (lazy eye). If the screening detects any variations in a child’s vision that fall outside normal range limits for their age, they receive a referral notice from the program.

Dunn went on to explain that if a referred child receives an eye exam and treatment before their eyes are fully developed, about age 7 or 8, a large percentage of vision problems can be corrected. The KidSight program also works with vision service providers throughout New Mexico to provide eye examinations and treatment plans for children whose families can’t afford them.

Ordorica has served as the school nurse at MVES for the past two years and served as nurse for more than 20 years.

For more information about the program, visit: www.nmlionskidsight.com

-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808