VISION FOR CHILDREN
More than 20% of all school-aged children in the United States have vision problems and low-income and minority children are even more likely to have unmet vision care needs. Two-thirds of children entering school have never had a vision screening or an eye exam and the American Optometric Association estimates that 25% of all children (ages 0–17) need corrective lenses.
If students cannot see, they cannot read and if they cannot read, they have little hope of keeping pace with the demands of school and will likely under-perform relative to their full potential. Giving children the gift of vision will positively impact their scholastic achievement. Improved academic achievement positively impacts their self-confidence and results in long-term contributions to the community.
With the generous support of Crystal Charity Ball, Dallas Services’ Vision Clinic is pleased to offer eye examinations and eyeglasses on Saturdays to low-income students in Dallas County for $10.
By providing services on Saturdays, students who are struggling in school don’t have to miss classes. Parents don’t have to miss work and lose income. Our Vision Clinic partners with all area school districts to help students who have failed two school vision screenings. Referrals are coordinated by the school nurse, who screens the students for potential vision need and for financial eligibility (child must be on free or reduced lunch program). Clinics are held every other Saturday during the academic year, serving about 170 students per month. All children receive a dilated, comprehensive eye examination and a pair of prescription eyeglasses.
Vision for Children also provides a vision care home for our patients. By providing a consistent program with the same doctor, students receive an eye exam from an optometrist who knows the child’s eye health history and is able to track changing prescriptions and provide exams regularly as recommended by the American Optometric Association.
How the program works
After a student has failed a second school vision screening, the school nurse will make an appointment at Dallas Services Vision Clinic for the student. The Vision Clinic hosts clinics on scheduled Saturdays during the school year. See the schedule of dates for the first half of 2019 below. A full comprehensive eye exam and eyeglasses will cost $10.
- The student has failed 2 school vision screenings.
- The student qualifies for the free or reduced school lunch program.
To schedule an appointment
The school nurse contacts Yolanda Gonzalez at 214-828-9900 between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday. The school nurse will mail, fax or email the attached application before the day of the appointment.
Dates for 2019 Saturday Vision for Children Clinics
|January 12, 2019||January 26, 2019||February 9, 2019|
|February 23, 2019||March 9, 2019||March 23, 2019|
|April 6, 2019||April 13, 2019||April 27, 2019|
|May 11, 2019||May 18, 2019|
Saturday Clinic Requirements
- You must have an appointment; we do not take drop ins.
- Check in by 10:30 am.
- Be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- Have the release form signed.
- Pay $10 in the form of cash or money order at the time of the appointment.
Approximately 2 weeks after the student’s eye exam, the eyeglasses will be mailed to the school nurse to distribute to the student. Students who get their eyeglasses at the Dallas Services Vision for Children Saturday Clinic can have them repaired for $10 or replaced for $40. A repair or replacement form can be mailed with a money order and the glasses will be returned to the school. If the student brings the glasses and payment to our clinic, a parent may pick them up at the clinic.
If a student already has a valid eye prescription, the Vision Clinic can fill the prescription for glasses for $40. The school nurse can call and make an appointment for the student to choose a frame with the assistance of our optometric technician.