FORT EDWARD, N.Y. -- Fort Edward was one of seven districts chosen by the state to get a visit from the VSP mobile eyes program, which offers students free eye exams and glasses.
Elementary Principal Karen Jones says it’s a huge help, since the district has a very high poverty rate. Two-thirds of students utilize the free and reduced lunch program, and numerous families lack transportation.
On Monday, 65 students were given eye exams, and if necessary, got to pick out eyeglass frames. They were made on site and kids got to take them home on the spot.
Research from the state’s Optometric Association shows that one in four children have a vision disorder that affects their ability to learn, and that’s why optometrist Elizabeth Stevens says it is vital to identify those students and offer help.