A new project to provide free eye exams and glasses to as many as 5,000 Detroit students was announced at Gompers Elementary-Middle School in the Brightmoor neighborhood.
The project is a partnership between Vision To Learn and the Detroit Health Department. About 50 students at Gompers who had received eye exams earlier were provided their new glasses at the event.
Our Community Schools coordinator at Gompers, Lakisha Beebe, helped with the initiative at the school. It’s estimated that about 1 of every 5 Detroit students needs glasses and does not have them. Uncorrected vision problems can lower academic performance and the prospects for future success.
“We have so many talented young people in our city, but many of them can’t reach their potential because of their vision,” said Mayor Mike Duggan at the event. “This new partnership won’t just improve these children’s eyesight, it will change their lives.”