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A sight to behold: Students in Ogden, Weber districts receive free eye exams, glasses

Isabella Chavez, a second grader at Odyssey Elementary School, makes a face in the mirror while trying on eyeglass frames at the Friends for Sight SightFest event at the Ogden School District Administrative Office on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, where 188 students from the Ogden and Weber school districts received free eye exams and glasses. Qualified students failed the nurse’s vision screening at school and had no other means of receiving an eye exam. Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Isabella Chavez, a second grader at Odyssey Elementary School, makes a face in a mirror while trying on eyeglass frames at the Friends for Sight SightFest event at the Ogden School District Administrative Office on Friday. During the event, 188 students from the Ogden and Weber school districts received free eye exams and glasses. Participating students failed the nurse’s vision screening at school and had no other means of receiving an eye exam. According to the Centers for Disease Control, vision disorders are the most prevalent disabling condition for children in the United States. The purpose of SightFest is to eliminate obstacles — from financial and transportation issues, to inflexible work schedules and a lack of understanding — that prevent families from getting vital eye exams and corrective glasses for their child. The students’ glasses will be delivered in early March.