Vision To Learn, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, the Ohio Optometric Association, and the Ohio Optometric Foundation, are partnering to bring free vision services to kids in need in Southeastern Ohio. iSee with Vision To Learn launched in Ohio in April of 2021.
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.”
Since the 2021-22 school year, the program has provided more than 5,500 eye exams and 4,400 pairs to glasses to students across sixteen counties in Appalachian Ohio.
In 2021, the Ohio Legislature approved funding for the “iSee with Vision To Learn” program, through the the ResultsOHIO pay for success program. Over the two year project, the program met and exceeded all metrics.
“Vision to Learn helps provide a solution to the problem by bringing eye care to where kids are almost every day, their local public school. We’re delighted to work with them to make sure children in low income communities get the help they need and get them connected with a local eye doctor to establish access to a lifetime of vision care,” said Keith Kerns, Ohio Optometric Association Executive Director.
Southeastern Ohio Supporters
Deerbrook Charitable Trust
Ohio Optometric Foundation
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
Vision To Learn, Southeastern Ohio
Loni Maughan, Program Manager
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