September 24, 2015

Mission and Stats

Launched in 2008 by Essilor Vision Foundation, Kids Vision for Life’s mission is to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences.

In 2009, Kids Vision for Life St. Louis began serving the St. Louis region with its sponsors: Crown Vision Center, Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, and the Essilor Vision Foundation.

Kids Vision for Life is a simple, cost-effective approach to removing poor vision as a barrier to learning and focuses on elementary-aged students during critical learning/development age periods.

The Kids Vision for Life St. Louis program has experienced rapid growth, going from servicing 17 schools in the 2009-10 school year to 155 schools in the 2016-17 school year. As of 2017, nearly 20,000 students have received vision exams and over 16,300 eyeglasses have been prescribed.

Statistics from each school year can be seen below:

School Year Schools Visited Students Examined Glasses Prescribed
2009-2010 17 528 403
2010-2011 29 800 528
2011-2012 50 1566 1162
2012-2013 63 1998 1466
2013-2014 65 2389 2017
2014-2015 91 3421 2743
2015-2016 132 4247 3737
2016-2017 155 4981 4300