Eyemart Express Donates Vision Screener to Lewiston Public Schools
LEWISTON, Maine, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Eyemart Express, a leading optical retailer and the fastest provider of quality prescription eyewear in the industry, has donated a Welch Allyn Spot™ Vision Screener to Lewiston Public Schools to assist with the district’s annual screening of more than 5,000 students. Annual vision screenings at school help identify kids who may benefit from a thorough eye exam and corrective eyewear like glasses, as more than 25 percent of children who exhibit learning difficulties in the classroom are unable to see clearly, according to The Vision Therapy Center.
The state-of-the-art vision screener is a handheld device that gives a digital reading in five seconds and enables the district to screen every child in approximately three months. Traditional screenings conducted with a manual eye chart took the entire school year.
“Research shows that early vision detection is key for kids and their learning process,” said Paula Blomquist, chief marketing and merchandising officer at Eyemart Express. “Our number one goal with this donation is to make a difference by directing kids who need it to the eye doctor.”
The new vision screener is especially beneficial for younger kids with limited speaking abilities or language barriers. Also, the increased accuracy of digital readings will identify kids who may have barely passed the old screening method, but still had challenges seeing clearly.
“We are excited about Eyemart Express’ generous donation,” said Wendie Bourgoin, MA, BSN, RN, school nurse coordinator for Lewiston Public Schools. “Our district will have the largest elementary school in Maine next year, so this screener will be a huge asset to our students and their families.”
In addition to the vision screener, Eyemart Express is providing every Lewiston Public Schools nurse with a kit to assist students with emergency glasses repairs.
“We value being part of the Lewiston and Auburn communities with our recent Auburn store opening and are happy to give back in a meaningful way,” said Ms. Blomquist.
Visit the Eyemart Express Facebook page to learn more the company’s community involvement efforts: https://www.facebook.com/eyemartexpress/.
About Eyemart Express
Eyemart Express, a leading optical retailer and the fastest provider of quality prescription eyewear in the industry, has been serving consumers for more than 28 years. With 187 stores in 36 states, Eyemart Express ranks among the Top 10 largest optical retailers in the country with its family of brands: Vision4Less, Visionmart Express, and Eyewear Express. The company operates under its motto of Right Glasses. Right Price. Right Now: a unique mix of value, style and timely service. Each store carries more than 2,000 frames from brands such as Gucci, Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, Columbia, Tommy Hilfiger, and Michael Kors. Onsite labs allow 90 percent of glasses to be delivered on the same day. To learn more about Eyemart Express, visit EyemartExpress.com.
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