One in four adolescents in the U.S. suffers from common vision ailments that can be corrected with glasses. Studies show students who are provided with proper eyeglasses participate more in class, demonstrate better behavior and dramatically improve their self-confidence.
Abbott Elementary fourth-grader Gael Niebla adjusted his new eyeglasses on his face then slowly removed them, marveling at how much better they let him see.
Gael was pleased with his custom blue-and-black rims and the clearer outlook they produced.
“When I take them off, things are so small and fuzzy, then I put them on again, and everything looks perfect,” Gael said. “I’m really happy to have these; it will make everything easier.”
Gael was one of 77 Abbott students who received the new glasses on Jan. 19, a service provided by Vision To Learn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating vision issues as a barrier to education.
After receiving free screenings in fall 2017, students who required further treatment were greeted by VTL staff and Lynwood Rotary Club members, who delivered the glasses on campus. Principal Adolfo Herrera also attended to help children through the process.
Students with new glasses were directed to Vision To Learn opticians, who made adjustments as needed. The glasses come with a one-year warranty.
Lynwood Unified will enjoy several eye screenings for elementary school students this year through its partnership with VTL.