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Eye Glasses for Kids

Vision for a Brighter Future

Due to current University of Rochester COVID protocols, these events are suspended until further notice.

Kids having eye exams and getting glasses

Supported by the Glover-Crask Charitable Trust, our goal is to improve the confidence and academic performance of school-aged children from underserved urban and rural communities who have routine vision problems like nearsightedness or farsightedness. We do this by providing them with no-cost vision screenings and free eyeglasses if needed.

Participation in this program is based on need, with preference given to children from families lacking insurance and/or access to adequate eye care. Screenings occur on Saturdays and most children can take their glasses home the day of each event. If a prescription cannot be filled that day, the glasses are delivered to the child's school.

Since its beginning, Glasses for Kids has:

  • Performed nearly 400 eye exams
  • Dispensed 299 pairs of glasses
  • Referred more than two dozen children to pediatric ophthalmologists for specialized care

Participation is by invitation only and is based on financial need and vision health status. If you have a child who you think needs help, first contact your child’s school nurse to see if he or she has failed their school-based vision screening and a further exam is recommended. If this is the case, please contact our outreach coordinator, Anna Booth, at (585) 276-6698, to set up a time to come in during one of our events. Make sure to have your child's school's name available.