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Vision Van with free glasses coming to York, Delta

Katherine Ranzenberger
505-5439/@YDKatherine

For kids in the York County area, keeping their eye on the prize of an education is key. But sometimes that can be difficult when your vision is blurry.

The Vision Van is coming to York on Friday, April 1, and to Delta on Saturday, April 2.

Family First Health and Envolve Benefit Options have teamed up with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved to bring the Vision Van to York City and Delta this week.

“There are a lot of kids unable to afford glasses,” said Courtney Lewis, director of development and community engagement at Family First. “We have to be thinking how it affects kids’ performances when they can’t see correctly in class.”

The Vision Van is rolling into York Friday at Hannah Penn Middle School, 415 E. Boundary Ave. Children up to age 18 in York City can get their vision checked for free from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with parental permission.

If the child needs reading glasses or prescription lenses, Envolve will help determine the level needed, fit the child for frames and send the glasses to the family for free.

“It’s a great resource,” Lewis said. “We tried to pick a time frame that works with parents’ schedules, too.”

Lewis said vision checks don’t normally make the top of a priority list for underserved community members who may not have insurance or the funds for glasses.

Envolve’s Sarah Wester, supervisor for marketing, said the Vision Van program has helped 2,500 people in 14 states since it started in May 2015. The van is traveling 331 miles from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to York to provide children with free glasses.

“We know how important it is for these children in underprivileged areas to have vision correction for their learning,” Wester said. “Medicaid is different in every state. They get vision coverage, but they might not be able to afford glasses. If they lost their glasses, we feel like that’s an area we can help.”

The event in York will primarily focus on children who need vision correction, Lewis said. However, adults can also have the chance for a free eye exam in Delta.

Community members in Delta can get their vision checked and be fitted for glasses if necessary. Saturday, the Vision Van is going to be at Peach Bottom Elementary, 1091 Atom Road. The van will be there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lewis said the exams will be done on a first-come, first-served basis both Friday and Saturday. She encouraged everyone to come out to get their vision tested.

For more information on the event or for questions, contact Lewis at 717-801-4808 or by email at clewis@familyfirsthealth.org.