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February 4, 2013
By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry
Imagine if you had a child who couldn’t see the board at school or even your face across the dinner table. What if your child was falling behind in school simply because she couldn’t see her work? Now imagine not having the funds to be able to take her to the doctor or buy her a much needed pair of glasses. Sadly, this is the reality that many families in Central Florida face. We at Eola Eyes help these kids get a clear view of the world, at no charge to their families, through one of our many community outreach partnerships.
For over 10 years, we have been worked with Florida’s Vision Quest (FVQ), providing comprehensive eye exams and glasses to Central Florida school-aged children in need. FVQ is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the academic and social success of Florida’s most vulnerable children by providing free vision exams and new, quality glasses for those challenged with poor vision. FVQ partners with school personnel to identify children who may be in need of vision care. These children are then referred to Eola Eyes, where we provide them with eye exams and fit them with new glasses which are furnished by FVQ.
By helping these vision-challenged kids, we are preventing poor grades, school drop outs, and even juvenile criminal behavior. Because many children are visual learners, they can be at an incredible disadvantage in school if they cannot see the board or read a book clearly. Also, since vision problems can result in poor academic performance, this can create feelings of failure and low self-esteem—the perfect recipe for disaster. Coincidentally, it is estimated that 7 out of 10 juvenile offenders have undiagnosed vision problems.
We are proud to partner with Florida’s Vision Quest to accomplish their mission of helping as many vision impaired children as possible. For more information about this wonderful organization or to learn how you can help, visit their website at www.flvq.com.