Project that aims to help students improve their vision expands in the islands

Project that aims to help students improve their vision expands in the islands
The students at Dole Middle School were given new glasses Tuesday. (Source: Project Vision)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A pilot program helping Hawaii students around the state to see clearer is expanding.

Since 2015, Project Vision Hawaii and Vision To Learn used mobile vision clinics to provide eye exams and glasses to students in need on Oahu, Maui, Big Island and Kauai.

On Tuesday, the program added a brand new full-time mobile clinic.

“Any students unable to do their best simply because no one knows that they need glasses is not OK,” said Annie Valentin, CEO of Project Vision Hawaii. “We are committed to improving access to eye care for children who might not know they need or have access to a simple pair of glasses”

“Vision To Learn is delighted to give Hawaii children the glasses they need to succeed in school and in life,” Vision To Learn President Ann Hollister added.

Lt. Governor Josh Green was on hand for the launch event at Dole Middle School.

There, 86 students were handed their new glasses and tried them on for the first time.

With the expansion the program will vision screen 20,000 students, provide 3,000 free eye exams and 2,400 pairs of glasses in the coming year.

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