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UHCO Awarded National Grant

Posted On: 08/24/2018

The American Optometric Association Foundation announced UHCO has been awarded a grant through the 2018 Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) Community Grant Program. The "See Clearly Now" Project will provide grant funding to Dr. Rebekah Montes and her colleagues to promote awareness of vision issues and ocular health within an underserved community by highlighting the importance of yearly exams with an optometrist. The HEHC grant program provides awards of up to $5,000 for innovative projects with a focus on collaborations between doctors of optometry and community resources to boost awareness and access to vision care for children.

HEHC’s goal is to spread awareness and increase vision services to address uncorrected refractive error in children across the country. This grant is made possible by the generous support of the Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF). Additionally, EVF provides support of no cost glasses through the Changing Life through Lenses program. 

Good vision and overall eye health are essential in childhood development but one in five preschoolers has a vision problem. Poor vision can affect a child's ability to participate in class, cause them to fall behind in their education, impact their performance in sports, among other activities. Evidence now supports that children ages 6 to 18 years should receive a comprehensive eye exam before entering the first grade and annually thereafter.

“We are very grateful for the Essilor Vision Foundation’s support and our Healthy Eyes healthy Children grant. Healthy vision is one of the most important tools children need for a successful school year; when their vision suffers, so does their learning,” said Dr. Jenny Terrell president of the Texas Optometric Association and supporter of the Healthy Eyes Healthy Children program.

About Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation
As optometry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission – to expand eye care awareness, education and research and access to eye health and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. With strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage two community health programs, VISION USA and InfantSEE; administer Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief; provide scholarship grants for educational assistance; and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession. To make a tax-deductible donation today, visit www.aoafoundation.org.
About Essilor Vision Foundation
We strive to give children a brighter future by helping them see the world more clearly. Our programs focus on overcoming the barriers of vision care so fewer children slip through the cracks. We partner with communities to provide vision screenings, vision exams and eyeglasses to underserved children at no cost to their families. We also work to educate parents and communities about the importance of vision and the role it plays in literacy, society and the economy. Since 2007, the Essilor Vision Foundation has provided more than 500,000 pairs of eyeglasses to individuals in need. The Essilor Vision Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public, non-profit organization, based in Dallas, Texas, committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences. To learn more or to donate, visit Essilor Vision Foundation at www.evfusa.org / 1-866-385-0447.