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Students receive free vision exams, eyewear under district joint program

Nearly 50 students were given free vision exams at Odle Middle School Feb. 12, and 38 received eyewear. - Lynn Logan, Greater Bellevue Lions Club
Nearly 50 students were given free vision exams at Odle Middle School Feb. 12, and 38 received eyewear.
— image credit: Lynn Logan, Greater Bellevue Lions Club

A joint operation by Bellevue School District and charitable organizations provided 38 students vision exams and glasses Feb. 12.

Vision assistance is a key mission for the Greater Bellevue Lions Club, which has historically supported area school nurses in obtaining vision appointments for students in need. The school district in 2012 began working with Jubilee REACH—a middleman organization for connecting children to resources they need—to found an annual vision event. REACH recruited optometrist Sam Hsu of Vision Plus Redmond to lead the annual examinations.

The third such vision event saw 141 Eyewear of Portland donate frames from its product line.

Hsu conducted 48 vision exams on students from kindergarten to 12th grade in a little more than two hours’ time.

“It is estimated that 80 percent of learning occurs through the eyes,” district lead nurse Sonja Reid said. “The students provided with glasses from this volunteer event will now go forward with increased opportunity for success in school and life.”

 

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