School Vision Health Month 

2019 School Vision Health Month

School Vision Health Month is an award-winning initiative supported by the NYSOA, VSP Global® Eyes of Hope®, the New York State Education Department, and the New York State Society of Opticians. This annual event provides students in under-served areas of the state with access to no-cost eye exams and glasses through a series of school-based mobile clinics. Each participating school also receives a supply of Sight for Students® gift certificates, to ensure that school nurses can continue to refer students for eye care and glasses throughout the year.

Research shows that children who are struggling in school often have undiagnosed vision needs. Thanks to the efforts of our volunteer ODs and dedicated partners over the past three years, this program has ensured that hundreds of deserving students receive the eye care and eyewear they need to help them get the most out of their education.

Our 2019 program was held in March, and we extend a heartfelt thank you to all the NYSOA members who offered their time and expertise to provide eye exams this year! Check out our recaps of the 2018 and 2017 programs for additional information.

2019 School Vision Health Month by the Numbers

Schools Visited: 5

Volunteer ODs: 8

Students who received exams: 152

Free glasses provided: 129

Sight for Students gift certificates left behind: 125

NYSOA Member Volunteers

Dr. Mike Bywater
Dr. Gina Dell'Arciprete
Dr. Anuja Joshi
Dr. Viola Kanevsky
Dr. Jennifer Nguyen
Dr. Ken Sorkin
Dr. Marina Su
Dr. Victor Vuong

Clinic Sites

Newburgh Enlarged City School District
Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School
GAMS Tech School
East Ramapo Central School District
Chestnut Ridge Middle School
Kakiat STEAM Academy
Summit Park Elementary School