Alcon Volunteers Conducting Free Vision Screenings for Students at Guyandotte and Cox Landing

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About 75 volunteers from Alcon’s West Virginia operation are working today and Wednesday to identify students who might be having vision problems at Guyandotte and Cox Landing elementary schools. The screening effort is just the first part of the “Kids Vision for Life” project being organized locally by Alcon in partnership with the Essilor Vision Foundation from Dallas, Texas. Ultimately the effort will result in free, high-quality glasses for students at the schools.


“Kids Vision for Life” is operating in 19 states and has, to date, provided approximately 100,000 screenings and 25,000 pairs of glasses to children in need.


Today, the Alcon volunteers are working out of the library at Guyandotte Elementary, and Wednesday they will move to Cox Landing Elementary. They are busy identifying students who may need to see an eye doctor. Then, next month, Dr. Christopher Stansbury, an optometrist from Charleston, will be visiting the schools to conduct free vision exams for those students. After their exams, the students will be provided glasses at no cost to them.


“This is a truly wonderful project,” says Martha Evans, Principal of Guyandotte Elementary. “So many parents want to provide glasses for their students, but it can come down to a choice between good eyesight and putting food on the table. The parents I have talked to about this project are so very grateful to Alcon and the Essilor Foundation for helping their students. It is very challenging for a child to keep up in class if he or she cannot see clearly.”


Evans says she expects today’s screenings to take the entire school day.


“The local Alcon volunteers and Dr. Stansbury are donating their time to make the project possible,” adds Evans. “Because of the interest and eagerness of our local people to help, our children are benefitting tremendously.”


For more information, please contact Principal Evans by calling (304) 528-5128 .

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