Non-profit delivers vision screening and glasses to Newark children

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
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on November 14, 2013

ChildSight, a program from Helen Keller International, provides free vision screening and prescription glasses to students at three Newark public schools.


NEWARK — Students in three public schools will receive free vision screening and prescription eyeglasses this week, thanks to a program from Helen Keller International, a nonprofit company dedicated to saving the sight of the most vulnerable segments of society.

Peshine Avenue School, 13th Avenue School and the Dr. William H. Horton School in Newark will host ChildSight, a free community outreach program that provides vision tests and eye care to children in need. Today, Nov. 18 and 20, students will be seen by a licensed optometrist and those who require glasses may select the styles they want, all at no charge.

Vision problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, typically present themselves in children ages 10 to 15, according to Helen Keller International. About one in four children have these vision errors, and many go uncorrected.

The program works with children in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, New Mexico, California and New Jersey. This year, ChildSight plans to screen at least 10,000 students and provide 2,000 pairs of prescription glasses in schools in Newark, Jersey City, Irvington, Orange, East Orange, Passaic, Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Asbury Park, Neptune and Long Branch, officials said.

Since 1994, ChildSight has screened more than 1.6 million students.

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