United States

ChildSight®

Helen Keller International began ChildSight® as a pilot program in New York City in 1994. The vision correction program "brings education into focus" by providing free, on-site vision screenings, prescription eyeglasses, and referrals for further care (as needed) for children living in poverty across the United States.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, ChildSight® has screened the vision of more than 1.7 million children and provided over 243,000 pairs of free eyeglasses to children in need.

  • ChildSight® serves children in six states.
    • California
      In California, ChildSight® provides screenings to students in several school districts throughout Los Angeles County and to Boys and Girls Clubs during the summer.  During the 2012-2013 school year, The program screened 13,736 students, providing 1,541 of them with free eye glasses.
    • Connecticut
      ChildSight® Connecticut serves children in Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Norwich.  Last school year, the program provided 6,550 screenings and 1,605 pairs of glasses to the underserved youth of Connecticut.
    • New Jersey 
      In New Jersey, ChildSight® screens students in the Newark area as well as other parts of the state.  The program screened 11,464 students and provided glasses for 2,232 of them last school year.
    • New Mexico
      ChildSight® New Mexico screens students in the Gallup area.  In the 2012-2013 school year, the program screened 5,209 students and provided 1,499 pairs of glasses.
    • New York
      Students across the five boroughs of New York City receive vision screenings and glasses from ChildSight® New York, the program's flagship location. During the 2012-2013 school year, the program offered free vision screenings to 37,291 students in NYC, providing 8,506 of them with free eye glasses.
    • Ohio 
      ChildSight® Ohio offers free vision screenings and eye glasses to children throughout the greater Cleveland area, where the poverty rate is triple the rest of their county.  Last school year, the program provided 16,964 screenings and 3,841 pairs of glasses.

National Partnerships

ChildSight® has partnered with several companies in the effort to provide more eyeglasses to students in all of our locations. We are grateful for the support of these wonderful partners for children’s vision health:

L’OCCITANE
TOMS
Tommy Hilfiger
Delta Gamma
Reader's Digest Partners for Sight

To learn more about ChildSight® or if you need help finding resources to access care for your child, email us at childsight@hki.org.

#ChildSightChat

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