Lansdowne, PA – September 29, 2023
Wills Eye Hospital is once again offering free vision care and screenings for, Philadelphia-area and surrounding counties, children at its annual “Give Kids Sight Day,” scheduled for Saturday, October 7, at its Walnut Street location in Center City, from 8 a.m. to noon.
The event is geared toward helping uninsured or underinsured children, ages 6 to 17, gain access to vision care. Children will receive an eye exam, an eyeglasses prescription, and two complimentary glasses frames.
Parents and guardians can sign their child up for an appointment online: https://www.willseye.org/give-kids-sight-day/
“Give Kids Sight Day” is hosted in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, the School District of Philadelphia, and OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation, a charitable organization that believes “good vision is a basic human right.”
During the four-hour event, Wills Eye and Thomas Jefferson University volunteers will screen children’s eyes. For children whose eyes don’t pass the screening, volunteers will give them a same-day vision exam and a prescription for eyeglasses. Kids can pick out two free glasses frames, courtesy of EssilorLuxottica. The foundation will also place prescription lenses in the frames, which will be available for pickup at a separate event later in the fall.
To date, the event — now in its 14th year — has provided more than 11,000 children with free eye care services, according to Wills Eye.