Founded in 2008, Kids Vision for Life provides a solution to one of the main barriers children face—access to vision care. We provide direct vision services to kids through mobile clinics.
Each mobile clinic is able to provide on-site vision exams at local schools and, in many cases, finished prescription glasses for the kids the same day, at no cost to the family. The Kids Vision for Life mobile clinics make a difference around the country.
Why is Kids Vision for Life so important?
With early detection, it is estimated that upwards of 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. However, detection is often limited by basic access to services; as research from the Campaign for Educational Equality reports, that low-income youth are at a greater risk of untreated vision problems and have a higher rate of unmet needs for vision care services.
The Kids Vision for Life program serves students who live within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and have limited access to basic vision care. Consequently, Kids Vision for Life bridges the gap between the need and the solution, assisting an underserved population where it is most convenient: in schools and at school-related events, with no cost to those served.
How are schools selected?
Essilor Vision Foundation works with school districts to select schools based on demonstrated need, using criteria such as high student poverty levels as indicated by student eligibility for free and reduced price meal subsidies.
Partnering school disctricts and local nonprofits provide vision screenings to students based on state policies and guidelines. Unfortunately, not all states have annual standards, and some grades may be skipped based on resources and policies.
Soar with us!
To us, a paper airplane is more than just a piece of paper. It symbolizes a child’s ability to soar in life once they receive a new pair of glasses.
Join us and we’ll send you a “How to Fold a Paper Airplane” PDF.