Launched in 2008 by the Essilor Vision Foundation, Kids Vision for Life’s mission is to deliver vision services to under-resourced children through a school-based model and eliminate poor vision as a barrier to learning in order to achieve higher academic and social outcomes.
In 2009, Kids Vision for Life St. Louis began serving the St. Louis region with its sponsors: Crown Vision Center, Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, and the Essilor Vision Foundation.
Kids Vision for Life is a simple, cost-effective approach to removing poor vision as a barrier to learning and focuses on elementary-aged students during critical learning/development age periods.
The Kids Vision for Life St. Louis program has experienced rapid growth, going from servicing 17 schools in the 2009-10 school year to 156 schools in the 2017-18 school year. As of 2018, nearly 25,000 students have received vision exams and over 20,000 eyeglasses have been prescribed.
Statistics from each school year can be seen below:
|School Year||Schools Visited||Students Examined||Glasses Prescribed|