Vision To Learn, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, and the Ohio Optometric Foundation are partnering to bring free vision services to kids in need in Southeastern Ohio. The program will launch with a school-based event in April 2021, with plans to start helping kids full time in the fall semester.
The partnership “iSee with Vision To Learn” will work to help students throughout the Southeast region where many students lack access to optometric care. According to a 2018-2019 report from the Ohio Department of Health more than 33,000 children in Ohio—pre-K through 12th grade—are identified as requiring an eye exam, but do not receive one.
Dr. Shane Foster of the Ohio Optometric Foundation said, “Ohio has a third-grade reading guarantee but not a third-grade vision guarantee. We expect them to read at a certain level, but we’re not giving them the tools to do that.”
The partnership is particularly exciting because it combines the strong community ties of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, the proven mobile program model of Vision To Learn, and the bridge to a lifetime of vision care from the Ohio Optometric Foundation.
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