Eye Care 4 Kids will launch its first program in Arizona by providing needed services to 40 students from Alta E. Butler Elementary and the Isaac School District on Friday, Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The nonprofit has administered professional eye care services to nearly 100,000 visually impaired, low income children and underserved families in Utah and Nevada.
Cecil Swyers, the Arizona program leader and president of CBD/Tomey USA, has provided optical equipment for Eye Care 4 Kids in Nevada for three school-based clinics and a mobile vision unit at-cost. He voluntarily makes routine trips to Nevada for ongoing needs and follow-up.
Next week, Swyers will travel to Utah to drive the Eye Care 4 Kids mobile unit to Phoenix to prepare for the Alta E. Butler Elementary event. The launch location is dear to Swyers, who grew up in the Isaac district, went to P.T. Coe Elementary School, Isaac Middle School and Carl Hayden High School before attending college to earn a degree in bio-medical engineering.
“It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of learning by children occurs through their eyes. If we can help students while they are young, we can make a difference in their futures by giving them a fighting chance to make it through school,” Swyers said .
The 40 students from Alta E. Butler Elementary and the Isaac School District that will receive treatment are from low income families and have been identified through vision screening at the nurse’s office.
“Eye Care 4 Kids is bringing eye care and glasses to families that would not otherwise have the means for it,” said Mario Ventura, superintendent of Isaac School District.
Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center will provide two opticians to assist the event. The opticians will administer pre-tests before sending the students into the mobile vision unit to see an optometrist from the Arizona Optometric Association for an eye exam. After seeing a doctor, the student can pick their choice of glasses from a wide selection of the latest trends and styles. The glasses will be made in Utah and returned to Arizona where Eye Care 4 Kids will help connect the students with a final fitting.
About Eye Care 4 Kids
Eye Care 4 Kids is a 501(c)(3), charitable, not-for-profit organization established in 2001. During the past nine years the organization has administered humanitarian relief to nearly 100,000 visually impaired, low income children and underserved families with professional eye care services. Eye Care 4 Kids has a clinic, which operates daily providing optometric and optical services. The organization serves nearly 600 patients each month.
With the help of American Express, the organization provides identical services to the more rural areas of the state and Native American reservations with SEE-MORE, our mobile eye care unit. This 25 foot trailer has been converted into a mobile eye doctor’s office on wheels. Eye Care 4 Kids has its own optical lab, which fabricates the eyeglasses keeping the costs to a minimum while ensuring accuracy.
The EYE CARE 4 KIDS FOUNDATION was founded by Joseph G. & Jan W. Carbone and Dee W. Hadley for the exclusive purpose of promoting good vision and literacy. The foundation is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and is qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.