National Vision Care Companies Partner to Provide Eye Care for Children who Need it Most

Aug 07, 2015, 09:00 ET from Davis Vision

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Davis Vision, the nation's third largest vision care provider, and Visionworks retailers recently partnered with Prevent Blindness Texas and the Heart House Dallas to bring vision screenings to more than 90 underserved children in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas.

Davis Vision volunteers from the Dallas and San Antonio offices spent two days with the students at Heart House, a nonprofit that provides safety, education and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children. Volunteers from Prevent Blindness Texas performed preliminary eye screenings on 93 students, who ranged in age from six to fifteen years old. The event was one of the first in the Let's Go See initiative Visionworks and Davis Vision just launched in July.

"Kids are resilient, but kids are vulnerable and they often don't realize what they're lacking," said Lenita Dunlap, Executive Director at Heart House. "One little girl named Catherine said to me, 'Wow! I'll be able to see now!' She could barely read past the 2nd line on the chart, and we had no idea. Maybe she hasn't been paying attention because she can't see."

According to Prevent Blindness America, one out of every four kids in the United States has a vision problem, making annual eye exams an issue with which parents need to be aware. Let's Go See is focused on raising awareness about the importance of children receiving an annual eye exam. For the 2015-2016 school year, Visionworks and Davis Vision are committed to donating comprehensive eye exams and glasses to 10,000 children in need.

"Parents often overlook eye exams until their children express an issue," said Jim Eisen, CEO of HVHC Inc., and president of Visionworks. "We must shift that mentality. The Center for Health in Schools reports that 60% of problem learners have some sort of undetected visual problem. It is critical that every child in America receives an eye exam every year."

During the event at Heart House Dallas, 50 vouchers were presented to children needing follow up eye exams. Local optometrists Dr. Anthony Chapman and Dr. Mai Nguyen donated the exams, and Visionworks will provide free eyeglasses to the children who need them.

"Oftentimes, you don't know why a kid isn't paying attention in class and it could be as simple as they can't see," Dunlap said. "So when I think about this opportunity to help give away 10,000 eye exams….we're proud to be a part of that."

SOURCE Davis Vision