A Day in the Life

Get an InSight look into a typical day at VIP!

Vision Is Priceless serves over 42,000 people each year! You’ve heard about our impact, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at VIP? We asked two staff members – Marley, a Program Specialist, and Jackie, a Children’s Vision Screener – to recount a typical day at work. Read on to learn more about their day-to-day roles and responsibilities as they work to improve the vision health of Florida’s First Coast!


Marley Curtis, Program Specialist


Q. What do you enjoy most about your role?

Q. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learnt during your time with Vision Is Priceless?


Jackie Carrino, Vision Screener

A typical day for me starts out by attending a vision screening.  Today I am screening The Jericho School, a school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, in the heart of the Arlington area.  I leave my house about an hour before screening because let’s face it, traffic in Jacksonville is terrible!  I arrive at the school and speak with the director about the set up.  Because the students do better in familiar surroundings, we decide to screen in each classroom instead of having the students come to me in the library like originally planned. Out of the 17 students screened, 1 is referred for a comprehensive eye exam with an ophthalmologist.  This screening takes me about 30 minutes to complete.

After the screening, I head to the office to finish out my day; but first I stop by Dunkin Donuts to grab a cup of coffee (I heart caffeine!).Once at the office, I transfer the results from my Spot Vision Screener to our database and then print and mail a referrals package to the school.  After all the paperwork is complete, I touch base with the schools I have coming up to make sure they are all set for their screenings and to answer any last-minute questions.  While I am in the office I also help answer the phones, check my e-mail and follow up with parents whose children have been referred for an eye exam within the last 2 months.  Before leaving for the day, I log into our database to see if the school I will go to tomorrow has entered student’ names ahead of time. If they have, I download the names from the database and import them into my Spot machine.  I also grab any additional supplies I may need for the screening the next day like our postcards for the parents and activity books for the kids. Before I go to bed, I make sure to plug in my Spot so that it’s charged and ready to go for the next day!

Q. What do you enjoy most about your role?

Interacting with the children during the screenings.  I love how the older children are interested in learning how the Spot works and how they always want to see their friends get screened from my perspective. I also love seeing the younger children pose like they are walking on a fashion runway!

Q. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learnt during your time with Vision Is Priceless?

How incredible the First Coast community is.  We come together to help one another.  Weather it’s a teacher ensuring the students have the tools they need to learn, or community partners helping provide resources.  The nonprofit industry consists of passionate people who truly care about the people living in our community.


Published on May 22, 2017 by Vision is Priceless.