Cleveland Clinic receives $1 million donation to provide pediatric eye care

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday that it has received a $1 million donation that will help provide eye screenings and eye exams for children in northeast Ohio.

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  • The Cleveland Clinic has announced that it has received a $1 million donation for its Vision First program
  • The program visits more than 90 northeast Ohio schools annually
  • Vision First offers children free eye exams and glasses
  • In 19 years, the program has provided 97,000 eye exams and 7,500 glasses for children

The $1 million donation was provided by TransDigm Group and will help fund Cleveland Clinic’s Vision First program. The program has a mobile optometry van that will travel to elementary schools in underserved communities.

Experts recommend that vision screenings begin between 12 months and 3 years old.

Vision First was established in 2002 and screenings are conducted at schools in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Lakewood, Maple Heights and Warrensville Heights. The program serves 90 schools per year, the Cleveland Clinic said.

If a student fails an initial eye exam, optometrists will perform a comprehensive eye exam. Students who need eyeglasses can choose frames the same day of their exam, the Cleveland Clinic said.

The program performed 97,000 free eye exams and provided eyeglasses to 7,500 students over the course of the program.

“One of the most important investments we can make is in the health and future of our children,” said Dr. Elias Traboulsi, founder of Vision First and chief of pediatric ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic. . “This donation from TransDigm Group will have an immeasurable impact in providing screenings to help tackle visual impairment in children with limited access to these vital services.”