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Essilor Vision Foundation And Kids Vision For Life Present Kids Vision Fest On April 30 - May 1

By Essilor News


Approximately 300 eye exams and new pairs of prescription glasses to be provided for children in need at no cost.

Did you know that 80 percent of what a child learns is through his eyes and that almost 25 percent of school children may have vision issues that affect their ability to learn? (American Optometric Association)

In an effort to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences, Kids Vision for Life, a program in partnership with Essilor Vision Foundation and the Alcon Foundation will host Kids Vision Fest on Thursday and Friday, April 30th & May 1st, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at Lincoln Elementary School, located at 425 S. Sullivan Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703.  Kids Vision Fest will provide vision screenings, eye exams and new eyeglasses at no cost to children in need ages 5 to 12.

Kids Vision Fest organizers estimate more than 300 students in need of vision services will receive eye exams and new glasses at no cost to the family.  Optometrists will be on hand to provide the services, and, if an eye doctor determines a child needs glasses, the child will choose from a selection of designer eyeglass frames.  The glasses will be delivered to the child’s school within 4 to 5 weeks from the event.

Kids Vision Fest 2015 is providing a resource that is needed by more children than most people may realize.
“We are excited to host a Kids Vision Fest in Orange County,” said Stephen Shawler, president of EVF.  “Proper vision care can have a significant impact on the lives of our children, and we know that poor vision puts academic success at risk.  Through Kids Vision Fests, we are able to give corrective glasses to children who didn’t even know they needed them.”

In addition to Essilor Vision Foundation and the Alcon Foundation, Kids Vision for Life Orange County partners include Santa Ana Unified School District, Orange County Dept. of Education, Bacchus Doc in a Box, Puente a la Salud, The Allergan Foundation, Helen Keller International, American Career College Department of Opticianry, Vision Service Plan, California Vision Foundation, Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity, The Lions Club of Santa Ana and Laguna Niguel, Kuwanis Club at Laguna Hills, Wooden Floor, UCI Department of Ophthalmology, OC Health Care Agency, U See Eyes Pre-Optometry Club, UCLA Bruins in Focus, Silver Valley Unified School District, Fort Irwin Military Base, Sunburst Youth Academy, The Orangewood Foundation Academy, K& H Optical Lab, Bartley Optical Lab, Elite Optical Lab, Meridian Optical Lab, Essilor, and Safilo.

For more information about Kids Vision Fest or to volunteer, please contact Sam Hahn at


Kids Vision for Life is a charitable program created in 2008 by Essilor Vision Foundation, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) public charity founded by Essilor of America with the mission to “eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences.”  The program brings together non-profit organizations, schools, businesses, and community leaders to provide vision screenings, eye exams, and eyeglasses to children, ages 5-12, at no cost to the family through mobile clinics, schools and special events in communities across the U.S.  To learn more or donate, visit  Engage with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Essilor Vision Foundation is a public charity and an initiative of Dallas-based Essilor of America, the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States. The foundation’s mission is to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences.

We strive to give children a brighter future by helping them see the world more clearly. Our programs focus on improving the quality of school vision screenings so fewer children slip through the cracks, providing eye exams and eyeglasses free of charge to children who would not get them otherwise, and educating parents and communities about the importance of children’s vision care and the role it plays in literacy and educational success, society, and the economy.  To learn more or donate, visit  Engage with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive, high-index and anti-reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs more than 9,000 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Xperio®, DEFINITY®, Thin&Lite® and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA) is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands, including Essilor premium lenses, to eyecare professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

Alcon, the global leader in eye care, provides innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people worldwide see better. Alcon’s three businesses, Surgical, Pharmaceutical and Vision Care, offer the widest spectrum of eye care products in the world. Alcon is the second-largest division of the Novartis Group, with pro-forma sales of USD 10.8 billion in 2014. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, Alcon has more than 25,000 employees worldwide, operations in 75 countries and products available in 180 markets.


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