About 450 students in the National School District who have been identified as
needing prescription glasses are receiving free vision care through a district partnership with global
nonprofit OneSight and the National City Host Lions Club.
An international team of eye doctors, opticians and
vision specialists are providing eyesight tests using
sophisticated diagnostic equipment and fitting
students with custom-made glasses during a vision
clinic being held at Camacho Gym in Las Palmas
The students aided by the annual program have been
previously identified by their school nurses during
vision screenings as needing corrective lenses.
Because of a lack of finances or insurance, however,
their families have not been able to afford a new pair of glasses.
“Some children with vision impairments are mistakenly labeled as having behavioral issues when the
real problem is that they can’t see well,” said Superintendent Leighangela Brady, Ed.D.
“Catching and correcting vision problems early is key to student success,” said Dr. Brady. “We are
grateful that our collaboration with OneSight and the National City Host Lions Club is helping our
students reach their full potential.”
The program serves children in South County’s five school districts. This year’s clinic is expected to
provide about $510,000 worth of vision care and eyewear. Last year, 1,680 students were served by
the clinic and 1,473 pairs of glasses were dispensed. Nearly 15,000 children have received about $4
million worth of eye exams and glasses since the program started in 2006.
To serve so many students so quickly, OneSight brings in a team of volunteer eye doctors, opticians
and vision specialists, as well as all the equipment necessary to administer comprehensive eye
exams. And to ensure everyone gets just the right fit, the organization works with eyewear maker Luxottica to provide students with an ample selection
of fashionable frames. Because everything is done on
site, the majority of the eyewear is delivered to
students just a couple of days later at their schools.
In addition, district parents, PTA members and school
nurses serve as chaperones, and a support team of
retired National School District teachers and
administrators join forces to keep the operation
OneSight, a nonprofit with a global mission to provide eye care in the communities that need it most,
operates free vision clinics throughout the United States and in 46 countries around the world every