With the help of the Essilor Vision Foundation, 53 Texans Can Academy - Carrollton/Farmers Branch students
received free eye exams and glasses in one day.
Texans Can Academy - Carrollton/Farmers Branch and the Essilor Vision Foundation recently partnered
to provide students with free eye exams and glasses. Through the Kids Vision For Life program, 53
students received free exams and glasses in one day.
According to the Education Week Research Center analysis of National Survey of Children’s Health Data,
2018, nearly 1 in 3 children have not had their vision tested in at least two years. Reading, writing, smart
board work and using computers are among the visual tasks high school students perform daily. A
student’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom to capture the information needed to learn and
follow directions. When one’s vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can
suffer. Texans Can Academy ensures students in need of vision exams and prescription glasses are able
to receive the care they need to improve their academic performance.
Kids Vision For Life has worked with Texans Can Academies for low-cost vision services since 2015.
They provide direct vision services to students through mobile clinics and are able to make prescription
glasses the same day as the on-site exam. Texans Can Academy absorbs the $50 fee per student for
eyeglasses, frames and lenses, freeing students and their families of any financial responsibility.
Since the partnership began, the Essilor Vision Foundation has contributed vision services to eight out of
the 14 total Texans Can Academy campuses. Over 4,500 Texans Can Academies’ students have
received free exams and glasses through the program.
Texans Can Academies welcome the Kids Vision For Life program to campuses as needed during each
school year. Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter schools located in Austin, Dallas,
Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools
of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. To date, more than
162,139 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
For more information about Essilor Vision Foundation or Kids Vision For Life, please visit
www.evfusa.org. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.