Student Daniela Diaz of Armstrong Elementary gets an eye exam from Sway Sokhamrett, volunteer with Luxottica Wholesale of New York.
An estimated one in four school-age children has a vision problem that interferes with their ability to learn, according to Prevent Blindness America. Fort Bend ISD administrators recently teamed up with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) and the charitable foundation OneSight to provide more than 700 students with free eye exams and eyewear.
Students in grades K-12 traveled by bus from various schools throughout the district to Mercer Stadium, which was transformed into a 5-day vision clinic. OneSight’s 40-foot, state-of-the-art eyewear production vehicle, EyeVan (pronounced Ivan), was parked outside the stadium to allow volunteer staff to produce students’ eyeglasses onsite.
Students received comprehensive vision exams that included testing for disease, color blindness, depth perception, eye muscle balance and the need for eyewear prescription. Following their exams, students were able to select from a variety of frames that EyeVan’s lab technicians then used to make their eyeglasses.
The Kids Vision Initiative is a collaborative effort between the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services and various public and private partners whose shared goal is to provide comprehensive eye exams and glasses to school-aged children in need. OneSight and See to Succeed are two programs that are supported by HDHHS through the Kids Vision Initiative.