Baltimore County Public Library has again partnered with Vision To Learn on its mission to bring FREE eye exams and glasses to children at schools in low-income communities. The nonprofit organization’s mobile unit will stop at several county library locations from late June through August with the goal of getting as many schoolkids in glasses as possible by the beginning of the school year.
“Building and facilitating partnerships with organizations like Vision To Learn has become the new normal for libraries of the twenty first century,” said Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller. “Free eye exams and eyeglasses for those in need can positively affect the quality of life for the youngest citizens of Baltimore County as they prepare to begin a new school year.”
Parents or guardians who believe their children may need glasses should register their children (up to 18 years old) at all 19 of Baltimore County Public Library locations OR e-mail their completed form to YFE@bcpl.net by Friday, May 24. Applicants will be contacted soon after with a date, time and location of their appointment (locations will be based on the number and location of applications).
On exam day, children will board the mobile unit, have their vision read by an optician, then meet with an optometrist who will determine if the child needs glasses. If the child does need glasses, they will then meet again with an optician who will perform the necessary measurements and allow the child to choose from between 80 and 90 available frames. Glasses will be delivered to the library for pickup three to four weeks later.
Vision To Learn was founded in 2012 and currently serves children in 13 states and more than 260 cities. According to the organization’s website, one in five kids will need glasses, but in low-income communities across the country, “95 percent of kids who need glasses, about 2,000,000 in total, do not have them.”
Editor’s Note: Article from Baltimore County Public Library press release