Advanced Center for Eyecare, ACE, in Bakersfield, partnered for the 7th year with global organization, One Sight, to bring more than 300 Kern County students the gift of sight.
“The need is so great here in Kern County,” Justin Cave, ACE CEO, said. “Forty-two percent of the population, you know, really doesn’t have quality access to eye care, especially in the remote areas of Kern County.”
The OneSight vision van, “Eyeleen”, made stops in Lake Isabella, Taft and Lamont this week, to bring free eye tests and glasses to students who otherwise would have to go without.
“Kids that see better learn better,” Dawn Yager, program manger for OneSight, said. “It’s very, very simple. Let’s find out if they are seeing correctly and if they are then we can put them in the right classes, but if there are things that they’re missing because of learning disabilities, let’s make sure it’s not a vision problem first. This is easy to fix.”
Each student went through a complete eye exam.
“I was, like, excited because I’ve never had glasses,” 5th grader Jazmin Dominguez, said. “I’ve always wanted glasses and this is my first time having my own pair of glasses.”
Those found to need glasses, received them within the hour.
“I like it because I can touch it,” 2nd grader Berenice Orozco said. “It makes me pretty.”
Many of the students, like 4th grader Ashley Diaz, never had glasses until this week.
“I kept reading the line from the book over and over again, so that’s what really bothered me,” 4th grader Ashley Diaz said. “I finally got my glasses and can see way better.”
The clinic gave out over 300 glasses to students in need.
ACE said they they will also provide any follow up care that is needed.