- Local nonprofit provides free glasses for uninsured youth
- 25% of students need glasses and don’t know it
ELK GROVE, Calif., August 30, 2018 / Press Release / – Face2Face Youth Group, Inc., an Elk Grove-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, announced a new program to provide free eyeglasses for uninsured youth in Elk Grove and South Sacramento. In partnership with New Eyes for the Needy, Face2Face Youth Group now offers vouchers for free eyeglasses to eligible youth in financial need. The vouchers are good for three months from the date of issue and cover a basic pair of prescription glasses.
The American Optometric Association estimated 25 percent of school-aged children need glasses but don’t know it. Vision problems can affect school and sports performance.
“If students can’t see the lessons, they can get frustrated,” said Mark Arsenault, co-founder and Director of Face2Face Youth Group, “A frustrated student is more likely to act out or disengage from the learning process. Some kids might even be misdiagnosed as having ADHD, because their vision problems can lead to some of the same symptoms attributed to ADHD.”
According to the American Optometric Association, signs that a child may have a vision problem include:
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Short attention span
- Avoiding reading and other close activities
- Frequent headaches
- Covering one eye
- Tilting the head to one side
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- An eye turning in or out
- Seeing double
- Losing place when reading
- Difficulty remembering what he or she read
To qualify for a voucher, applicants must have a household income at or below 200% of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines, have had a recent eye exam with a pupillary distance measurement, and have no other resources available to them to pay for glasses, including federal or state programs or assistance from other local charitable organizations. A link on the Face2Face Youth Group’s website lists several sources of free or low-cost eye exams.
“Not everyone has health coverage, and many who do have health coverage don’t have adequate vision benefits,” says Arsenault. “Children of the uninsured and underinsured may be eligible for free glasses, as may the estimated 600 homeless students enrolled in the Elk Grove Unified School District.”
In the Elk Grove district alone, there are more than 30,000 students who receive free or reduced-price peals, are English learners or foster youth. Many of those students may qualify for a voucher for free eyeglasses.
And applicants needn’t be a parent or legal guardian to request glasses for the child. Face2Face Youth Group will consider applications from relatives, school personnel, social workers, case managers, law enforcement and clergy.
For more information about the Free Glasses for Youth program, visit the organization’s website at https://face2faceyouthgroup.com/programs/free-glasses-for-youth/.
About Face2Face Youth Group
Face2Face Youth Group, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) charitable and public benefit nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being of youth. To do this, Face2Face Youth Group encourages youth to spend less time on electronic devices, like smartphones, and more time at “offline” activities and events.
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