Southern California Program

Vision to Learn

Health Care
Los Angeles, CA
June 2018

Vision to Learn (VTL) provides free eye exams and glasses to low income children via mobile clinics.  In Los Angeles County it is estimated that 100,000 low-income children need glasses but go without them.  Recently, VTL received funding to expand its program to serve every needy student in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), but its five existing mobile clinics are at capacity.  With a grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, VTL will purchase and equip two more vans, each of which will serve 4,000 students annually.  Four days a week the vans will travel to LAUSD schools and on the fifth day they will be deployed to other low income school districts in the County.  VTL works with district and school staff to coordinate vision screenings and schedule the mobile clinics.  Onboard, trained opticians and optometrists administer eye exams to students identified by the school nurses as needing follow up.  Those requiring glasses get to select their frames from a large selection and within two to three weeks, a VTL van returns to deliver their glasses.  Providing services on school campuses eliminates barriers to access.  An external study conducted in 2015 found that children receiving glasses improved their focus and participation in classes, grades, and psychosocial well-being.

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