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Free Books And Vision Screenings Promote Literacy in Miami

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Untitled-1Davis Vision, through its Focus on America program, has partnered with Miami-Dade Public Library System to provide free eye care to more than 500 uninsured local youngsters who otherwise would not receive such care. The screenings were part of the company's Bring a Book. Get a Book. See a Book. literacy initiative.

The screenings were conducted during three days at four branches of Miami-Dade Library System: South Dade, Homestead, Lemon City and North Dade branches. At the community event, children received free library cards and free books donated from First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to children in an effort to promote literacy.

 

Approximately 30 percent of the 537 children who received a screening were in need of follow-up care. They received a voucher to visit a local Visionworks retail store for a no-cost comprehensive eye exam and eyeglasses, if needed.

We are thrilled to help a community where many children would be without basic eye care, said Laura Dyer, Davis Vision's assistant vice president of community relations. We also aimed to highlight the vital connection between literacy and proper vision care.

More than 15,000 children have been impacted by free vision services, and more than $2 million worth of services have been provided through the vision screenings underprivileged populations since the inception of the program in 2008.

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