Working with local school districts, SightFest Outreach events will provide free eye exams and glasses to qualified, low-income children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping childhood disorder in the United States. The astounding reality is that 1 in 4 American children has a vision problem—and the number climbs as high as 50% in some underserved communities—yet research suggests 90% of those children are not wearing corrective lenses today.
Through an unprecedented collaboration between Friends for Sight, Essilor Vision Foundation and Utah Optometric Association, SightFest, a major initiative to help Utah children get the vision care that they desperately need to succeed both in and out of the classroom, is underway.
Working with local school districts, SightFest Outreach events will provide free eye exams and glasses to children whose families cannot afford vision care and do not qualify for other programs like Medicaid. Each day of service will allow up to 125 students in need to receive a free eye exam and glasses at a location close to school.
November 11, 2022: Salt Lake School District
December 2, 2022: Murray School District
February 9, 2023: Ogden School District
February 10, 2023: Weber School District
About Essilor Vision Foundation
Essilor Vision Foundation is a public nonprofit charity established by Dallas-based Essilor of America, the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States. The foundation’s mission is to achieve better life through better sight by creating and supporting activities that advance good vision and its benefits and offering special help to those who need it most.
About Utah Optometric Association
The mission of Utah Optometric Association is to promote the highest professional standards and to assure that the delivery of vision care will be the finest available to patients and citizens of Utah.