The See to Succeed initiative aims to improve vision and vision related health, education and social factors by performing annual vision exams and providing eye wear.
It is modeled after the City's five-year partnership with the Luxottica Group Foundation's One Sight program which collaborates with area public school districts and charter/private schools to provide high volume walk-through services in community-based settings.
Poor vision can affect a child’s emotional, neurological and physical development. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average lifetime cost of vision impairment is about $566,000 per person. It is important to catch vision problems early on and put in place preventative measures that will allow children the opportunity to see clearly.
The See to Succeed program was piloted in 2011 and since then the vision clinics have seen over 47,000 Houston-area students and have given over 43,000 pairs of glasses. Just one two week outreach event provides eye screening and glasses to over 2,000 students. The Foundation along with HDHHS is moving forward with a strategic partnership to reach a target of 12,000 children annually and ultimately ensuring all children in Houston have the corrective eye-wear they need.
Our partners include the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Essilor Vision Foundation, Onesight, Walmart, University of Houston, San Jacinto College, Berkeley Eye Center, public and private schools, as well as community volunteers from all over the Houston Area. Together we are moving forward with a strategic partnership to lead efforts to establish and maintain a standing site for vision care that will expand to reach thousands of children and vulnerable populations.