BERWYN – Ninety-one students in Berwyn South School District 100 have received eyeglasses through the Eyes for Education Program, Berwyn Township Assessor and Public Health District board member David Avila announced in a news release.
The program began March 1, 2017, and it was created to combat disparities in the Berwyn community, the release stated.
It specifically targets second-grade children, followed by any students who failed the initial general eye exam given at District 100 schools, according to the release. The program allows those students to be evaluated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The students then pick out their frames and within a few weeks, receive a pair of glasses sent to their school.
About 50 percent of the students serviced through the program did not have insurance, and their glasses were paid for by the Berwyn Township Public Health District with cooperation from Tropical Optical, the release stated. The other children had insurance, but their parents were unable to take them to eye doctor exams.
The Public Health District recently voted to renew the program and expand it to Berwyn North School District 98, according to the release. The program’s goal is to serve 500 children.