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I created Envision Boston Giving, because I knew there would be a need, but until I started my work in our first school, I didn’t fully comprehend how many students this program would help. So far, 4 out of 5 students whom we’ve screened need glasses. Good vision is a fundamental gateway to learning. Children with undiagnosed vision challenges are at such a disadvantage in a school setting, so it has been very rewarding to be able to provide this service and gift these glasses to these students, giving them a new outlook on life.

- Dr. Tricia Rose, Founder, Envision Boston Giving
Owner, Envision Boston Optometry 

OUR STRATEGY AND FINDINGS

In its first year, Envision Boston Giving will conduct vision screenings in 3 Boston Public Schools:

  • Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale
  • Mattapan’s early elementary school at the site of the closed Mattahunt Elementary School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School in Dorchester

Our work in the Washington Irving Middle School in spring 2017 showed that 4 out of 5 children screened needed glasses.  50% of those children had never worn glasses before and the other 50%’s had worn glasses before, but their glasses were broken, lost, or the prescription was out of date.

We tested the students’ focusing ability and oculomotor skills at near and distant ranges. Some of the students are receiving bifocal lenses that should greatly assist in alleviating eyestrain from struggling to focus at near and allow for better comprehension and possibly less avoidance and fatigue.

We are working with the administration and teachers at the Washington Irving Middle School to track the students’ progress and will continue to check in with them in the 2017-2018 school year.

In September 2017, we will launch our screening program in the two other selected schools in Mattapan and Dorchester reaching a student population ranging from age 5-15.

According to research, about 80% of all learning during a child’s first 12 years comes through visual task such as reading, writing, and using computers. Studies find that undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s ability to read and perform to his or her fullest potential.

Vision problems, such as uncorrected hyperopia or an astigmatism can impact a child’s reading performance and cause poor eye-hand coordination needed in everyday tasks.

Providing glasses to correct these conditions can have a profound effect on a child’s life and improve their social-emotional well-being.