Providing Eye Exams and Glasses to Pittsburgh Students:
Vision To Learn
Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn (VTL) works to ensure every child has the glasses needed to succeed in school and in life. VTL quickly replicated its program to serve kindergarten through 12th-grade students in low-income, primarily urban school districts in 10 states. Using a mobile clinic, VTL provides no-cost vision screenings to at-risk students and free glasses to those whose vision is found to be compromised. The screenings also can reveal child abuse and other issues that if left untreated, can lead to blindness or other negative outcomes.
A $150,000 Foundation grant is supporting VTL in launching a mobile clinic, hiring doctors to staff it, and administering eye exams to 1,815 students in Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), as well as providing glasses to 1,500 PPS students. Within three years, pending the outcomes of the initiative in Pittsburgh, VTL expects to expand into low-income, rural school districts in Westmoreland County and offset most Foundation funding with state subsidies for ongoing operations.