When kids see their best, they can be their best, and on April 14 – 21, DPS students had that very opportunity during the See to Achieve program.
For five days, pre-screened DPS students were bused to an Allen Park location provided by Ford Motor Company and were provided a free comprehensive eye examination.
See to Achieve, sponsored by OneSight, has been helping DPS children obtain proper care for their eyes for 14 years. While this program does open its doors to other communities, 90% of the children that benefit from the program are DPS students.
Volunteers participate from all over the country to help the event run smoothly and roughly 10 doctors are staffed performing complete eye exams on pre-screened students. By the event’s end on April 21, the doctors had serviced nearly 1,500 children. A total of 577 students were serviced in the first two days.
As students arrived each day, they were registered at the event rotation stations. The stations included:
- Visual Acuity (VA), vision chart testing
- Tonometry, testing to check for early signs of glaucoma
- A complete eye exam with an Ophthalmologist
Once doctors completed the eye exams, students were able to enter the ‘frames’ room and pick out their favorite frames for free.
After students selected their frames, volunteers work diligently to cut the lenses to fit each set of frames. The event housed thousands of lenses; however, if a prescription needed additional attention, OneSight travels with its resourceful Vision Van. This state-of-the-art production vehicle produces eyewear during clinic hours. The Vision Van is an optical manufacturing shop on wheels with everything on board to craft eyewear allowing participants to receive their eyewear that same day, according to the company’s website: http://www.onesight.org/.
Event organizers said the goal behind See to Achieve is to provide a sustainable clinic within three years that will service children with both free eye care and dental care.
The DPS Foundation is a vital asset in assuring that this event runs successfully says, Hollie Pena, See to Achieve Coordinator, as well as Ford Motor Company and the many volunteers.
OneSight will host another event October 6 – 13 giving local students an additional opportunity to receive free eye care.