Council also joined various partners in announcing a free eye exam clinic on Saturday at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
“Vision is one of the senses that we all value and sometimes take for granted,” said Vice Chair Colleen Morrone. “Across the country, millions of men, women, and children experience vision loss or are affected by low vision or blindness. Regular eye exams are one way to prevent or address vision loss.”
The American Optometric Association encourages parents to have a comprehensive eye exam for their children starting as early as six months of age. Another time that is critical for a child’s eye exam is right before they start kindergarten or first grade.
To encourage preventative eye care in children, several organizations partner each year to offer a free eye care and eyeglasses clinic at Wills Eye Hospital, one of the world’s premier eye care facilities.
The free clinic is open to all children age 17 and younger in the five-county region. Last year, 106 children from Delaware County participated. Children of all ages are invited, and health insurance is not required.
Darby Township’s Carol Poplawski, a Sight Day volunteer for the past five years, told council how meaningful it is to see children realize they can see and read better with glasses when needed.
The Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health is a member of the Children’s Vision Care Coalition, which organizes the free clinic. Other partners include Wills Eye, the Eagles Charitable Foundation, and the Public Citizens for Children and Youth.