One Sight Clinic Brings Clear Vision To Vista Students


by Michelle Sybert

When asked if she was looking forward to getting eyeglasses, Vista Unified first grader Emily said "Yes!" as her eyes lit up. Emily had been having blurry vision and eyestrain, so a unique opportunity with a global vision non-profit visiting Vista schools came at just the right time.

On October 25th - 27th, Rancho Minerva Middle School hosted students from across the school district as part of a free vision care clinic put together by OneSight. Students in grades K-8 attended the vision clinic, took part in exams, and received free eyeglasses if needed.

Prescreened by school nurses to assess need, students were invited to participate in the vision care clinic over the three-day period last week. Over 600 VUSD students were able to receive a comprehensive eye exam and new pair of eyeglasses during the clinic, most going home with glasses the same day.

school nursesThe One Sight Mobile Vision Clinic was a welcome sight for VUSD students and families

Many students, having never worn glasses before, were seeing clearly for the first time. This is all thanks to OneSight and a research project funded by Verizon to measure the impact of eyeglasses on student learning.

OneSight is an international non-profit organization providing vision care and eyeglasses to children in need in nine different countries including the U.S. Volunteers from across the globe sign on to be a part of this opportunity as optical technicians, optometrist, ophthalmologists, and eyewear manufacturing specialists.

The OneSight Mobile Clinic has the capability to handle everything from a preliminary eye exam to the final production and distribution of the eyeglasses. This means that students can benefit almost immediately.

Students progressed through 10-12 different stations throughout the clinic, assessing their needs and formulating a plan to address those needs. The final station, where students were able to choose from over 150 styles of frames, was a critical final step in the process.

styles of frames
Students browse more than 150 styles of frames for their glasses.

Students chose the frames they liked the best a custom pair of glasses custom was made for each student on sight.

OneSight has found that when students are able to choose the frames themselves, they are more likely to wear them consistently and receive the benefits of the eyewear.

Students were eager to take part in the clinic and educators and staff were thrilled to see the students getting the necessary vision care and eyewear they needed.

District Nurse Lisa Roundtree, one of the many staff members available to support and assist students at the clinic, said of the students, "They love it! The kids have all been super excited about getting eyeglasses."

Just a few of the 600+ students to receive glasses over the three-day clinic.

Community Liaison Nancy Ramirez shared the financial importance and family impact of the free eyeglasses program "Just the fact that they are able to get free lenses is fantastic. It helps the entire family."

OneSight volunteer Melissa said one of the most rewarding experiences is when she sees a student’s eyes light up and a smile emerges as a result of being able to see clearly for the first time.

 volunteer Melissa
Students visit a number of stations for tests and assessments.

One Sight brings top quality equipment to conduct their examinations.

The volunteers from One Sight assure students that the process is painless.

One Sight volunteers come from across the country.

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Students take their time trying on different frame options before their glasses are sent to the lab.

mobile lab
The mobile lab custom fits and tests each pair of glasses before delivery.

Finished, custom pairs of glasses are delivered to anxious and excited students.