Salt Lake school kids given the gift of sight

Published 03/11 2014 12:03PM

Updated 03/11 2014 03:39PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Students from all over Salt Lake are being given the gift of sight. One Sight, a charitable foundation travels all over the United States and is in Salt Lake for the next three days.

Representatives from One Sight say being able to see and read is an important aspect of a child’s education and the sooner a student struggling to see gets help the better. " What we know about children is that about 80% of what they learn is visual and one in four children, according to the Optometric Association, go undiagnosed with a vision problem,” said Dawn Yager, project manager for One Sight.

Yager tells ABC 4 Utah Tuesday alone 95% of the students they see will need glasses and identifying who those children are only sets them up for success. “Their in a classroom maybe their sitting in the back of a classroom if they cant see the lesson plan on the board their not going to be successful. Who knows what will happen as far as their learning ability, but lets identify it while their young while we’re here at an elementary school,” said Yager.

The foundation works with the Salt Lake School District in identifying students who need their eyesight tested. Volunteers like Dr. Cameron Bateman look at students to identify their needs and take the stress out of trying to see. “It definitely makes a big difference as kids.  They can focus on learning and growing and not have to expand energy on just trying to see,” said Bateman.

On Tuesday it definitely made a big difference for students like 7-year-old Blanca Pineda who chose a fancy new pair of frames for the first time. "I like these glasses because they are kind of golden and golden is kind of my favorite color," said Pineda.

The One Sight van will be at Lincoln Elementary school again on Wednesday and at Jackson Elementary School on Thursday. In total One Sight and their partners will help 240 local school kids see better.




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