Eye doctors say 1-in-4 children has an undiagnosed vision problem, and since 80% of their learning is visual, it is key to a good education.
As part of the One Sight organization, Lenscrafters in the Citadel Mall took the mission of helping the world see better, to helping their backyard see better.
“If we can’t help the people in our backyard then why are we doing what we do,” asked Jennifer Cooper who works at Lenscrafters.
Cooper helped bridge the partnership between the West Ashley store and Burns Elementary School. For the last couple of years, as part of World Sight Day the students come to the store for free exams and glasses.
“I witness what happens when you put a pair of glasses on someone who has never had them before and their world opens up,” said Lenscrafters lab manager Faye Pello. “It’s magical.”
The event came together because of a team of heroes. Dr. Diana Medlin among them. She volunteered her time to see the 15 students, and give them free exams.
Donations also poured in, giving the kids something to do while they waited, and Chick fil A donated lunch.