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Bryant School District unveils brand-new eye care center for students

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Students in the Bryant School District might be able to see more clearly, thanks to a new service offered at the district's student-based health clinic.

District officials tell KATV the on-campus health center is one of only 2,700 in the country.

It already offers numerous types of health care to students and staff, and now is unveiling a brand new eye care center.

"Usually when a student goes to see a doctor, they are out the rest of the day," center coordinator Angela Lasiter said. "Here it's maybe an hour."

The Hornet Health Center located next to Bryant Elementary School has an on site pediatrician, dentist and now an optometrist.

"It is really important because we are able to provide that health care to students who wouldn't regularly get health care," Lasiter said.

Optometrist Sarah Lunsford says 80 percent of learning is visual.

She says if a child is not able to see clearly, it can put them behind in school.

"So the earlier we can check them and see them, the better off they will be in school," Lunsford said.

Lunsford started seeing students at the end of January.

Already, she says she's seen several students needing glasses.

"We don't want them to start getting behind in early elementary school, and not being able to catch up because of something easily fixable with glasses," Lunsford said.

Lasiter says funding for the center comes from grants through the Department of Education and Department of Health.

"They put the kids first, and that's what we want," she said.

Lasiter tells KATV the health center is open to all students and staff in the Bryant School District.

She says the eye clinic will see patients Wednesday mornings.

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