Children’s Sight Week 2021

August 2021 | SEE News

By Paolena Comouche

Content Writer / Special Projects

SEE is thrilled to report that Children’s Sight Week was a huge success! Last week from August 9th-13th, we had the privilege of providing free eye screenings to many of the wonderful children here in Santa Barbara. Over the course of the event, 64 local children were screened at partnering organizations such as Girls Inc. For those whose screenings revealed potential eye issues, SEE provided free, comprehensive eye exams at our local clinics, and covered the costs of any necessary follow-up care. After their appointments, each child was also given school supplies for the upcoming school year.  

Among the children who received care was six-year-old Olivia, who dreams of being an art teacher one day. A few years ago when she was just three-years-old, Olivia put on her grandma’s glasses to “play teacher” with her cousin. After spending some time wearing the glasses, she told her family that they actually helped her to see better. Her parents then took her to a SEE clinic for a screening, only to discover that she needed glasses of her own. Now, three years later, she’s back again for another pair.   

 During Olivia’s appointment, her mother noted how important it is for her daughter to see: “Our vision is everything,” she said, “[Olivia] really enjoys drawing and painting and I want her to be able to do those things.” With her brand-new pair of glasses and school supplies, Olivia has everything she needs to not only be successful this school year, but to keep doing all the things she loves!  

SEE is so grateful for everyone who made this event possible, including our staff, our sponsors, and the whole Santa Barbara community. See you next year! 

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