Essilor Vision Foundation’s Kids Vision for Life program aims to provide free eyeglasses to students in need
The Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) has teamed up with the New England College of Optometry (NECO) to provide eye care and free glasses to students in need throughout Greater Boston. The Foundation’s Kids Vision for Life (KVFL) is a community-based program that helps to provide comprehensive eye exams, vision screenings, and eyeglasses to school-aged children. KVFL aims to “help students become productive members of society and the economy by providing better vision for children who otherwise might not receive corrective lenses.”
Stephen Shawler, President of Essilor Vision Foundation, explains, “We are honored to participate in the New England College of Optometry community program to help young students in Boston who are in need of vision care. Proper vision care can have a significant impact on the lives of our children, and we know that poor vision puts academic success at risk. By partnering with NECO, we are able to give corrective glasses to children who didn’t even know they needed them.”
Community service is at the core of the New England College of Optometry’s education. Students and faculty conduct vision screenings and clinical work in the community through New England Eye, the patient care teaching affiliate of NECO. Utilizing its mobile eye clinic, On-Sight, NECO optometrists and students will provide vision screenings, eye exams and glasses at schools in underserved Greater Boston communities as well as at its eye clinics in Framingham, Commonwealth, and Roslindale. Essilor Vision Foundation’s Kids Vision For Life will provide an in-kind selection of lenses, frames, and lab processing. Together, NECO and KVFL will accomplish a shared goal of helping eliminate barriers to learning through providing the complete spectrum of eye care to students in need and helping provide glasses to students with uncorrected or under-corrected vision.