January 25, 2017 – Hundreds of BCSD students visited the East Hills Mall this week to receive eye exams, prescriptions and glasses. For the 5th straight year, BCSD has partnered with One Sight and Advanced Center for Eye Care (ACE) to provide no-charge eye exams to students who, due to varying circumstances, are unable to receive proper vision care.
Debbie Wood, Coordinator of BCSD School Health and Neighborhood Support Programs said, “This year, we will provide vision care for more than 2,200 students. The kids are bussed in from BCSD schools, and also from surrounding areas like Lamont and Kernville.”
The event took place in two large rooms at East Hills Mall that were outfitted with eye exam equipment, vision testing stations, eyeglass displays and several volunteer staff and doctors. Students were examined, diagnosed and given the opportunity to choose eyeglasses from the display table.
One Sight also provided a mobile eyeglass manufacturing unit, where the students’ eyeglasses will be made and then distributed at their respective schools. This vehicle allows for quick manufacturing and delivery to the students. “Most of the students will receive their prescription eyeglasses tomorrow, and every student will have their eyeglasses no later than next Friday,” said Woods.
Later in the week, the manufactured eyeglasses were distributed to schools. McKayla, a student at Compton Junior High, said, “I have never been to the eye doctor before, these will be my first pair of glasses.” When she tried them on she said, “Now I can see better.”
Simon Reyes, a student at Noble Elementary, said, “I broke my other pair of glasses, and only one side worked. I almost got the wrong food because I couldn’t read the menu.” After receiving his new pair of glass, he smiled and said, “These are good, much better.”
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