United States


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 five 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 2013-2014 school year, the program screened 16,800 students, providing 2,543 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 6,047 screenings and 1,270 pairs of glasses to the underserved youth of Connecticut.
    • New Jersey 
      In New Jersey, ChildSight® screens students in the Greater Newark area.  The program screened 10,310 students and provided glasses for 2,098 of them last school year.
    • 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 2013-2014 school year, the program offered free vision screenings to 32,245 students in NYC, providing 7,832 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 11,806 screenings and 2,562 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:

Tommy Hilfiger
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.


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