Thank you Essilor Vision Foundation for sponsoring this post. EVF provides over 500,000 pairs of glasses per year to people in need and works with schools, eye doctors, charities, and corporations to help build vision ambassadors focused on serving their community.
1 in 4 children in the U.S have a vision problem that affects their ability to learn. Reason being that nearly a fourth of the parent’s cannot afford vision exams for their children. As such an overlooked problem, it is easy for us to take sight for granted.
That’s where Essilor Vision Foundation comes in. EVF has the resources and tools to help you make an impact to help a child, school, and local community by donating. Your donation can help make a difference by providing a vision exam and glasses for a child in need! Since 2007, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) has helped more than 1 million people get clear vision by providing them glasses and exams. The families that EVF provide help for are never billed! With the donations that EVF receives, they partner with schools and eye care professionals to provide vision exams and glasses to children in need in our local communities.
As a person who has had glasses since the 8th grade, I know how it feels to be sitting in class and not being able to focus on anything, or grasp the lessons simply because I could not clearly see the board at school. Children who have vision problems not only struggle in their academics, but other aspects of their lives aside from learning. You can see the effect in their lack of confidence, the change in their grades, and in their behavior. This is an issue that continues to go unnoticed by both parents and teachers, leaving millions of kids in the U.S. suffering from blurry vision. Some students do not even know how to ask for help or know that they even have a problem because they are accustomed to blurry vision. EVF provides vision services to low-income children through multiple vision programs, and also provides free resources that teach people what signs to look out for in kids.
Here is a checklist of signs & symptoms of children with vision problems:
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Light sensitivity (indoor and outdoor)
- Using their hands to guide them while reading
- Sitting too close to the television
- Eye squinting
These are all signs to look out for because 80% of all vision problems can be prevented or cured when caught at an early time! So don’t forget to have your little’s eyes checked! I encourage you to get involved; ask your child’s school nurse if they do screenings! You can also get involved by making a donation! You do not need to be a child’s parent to make a difference!