Towson, MD) – Baltimore County Public Library this week announced the return of Vision To Learn. The nonprofit dedicated to providing free eye exams and, if needed, glasses to children visits 15 of our branches over the summer months. Studies have consistently shown that clear vision is directly linked to a child’s ability to learn effectively. Unfortunately, many children in underserved communities often lack access to proper eye care. By partnering with Vision To Learn, the library hopes to close the “glasses gap” and help children have the tools they need for the upcoming school year.
Appointments available for children 17 and under. All participants need to be able to identify and verbalize basic shapes during the eye exam. If glasses are required, further examination is provided by a licensed optometrist. The child is then able to choose from a large selection of frames. The order is processed and the new glasses arrive within two to three weeks — parents are notified.
“We are delighted to welcome back Vision To Learn to our library branches,” said CEO Sonia Alcántara-Antoine. “By providing free eye exams and glasses to students, we are actively investing in the academic success and overall well-being of our community’s youth. It’s another way the library is working as a community connector.”
Pre-registration is required for the visits and because space is limited, the spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Families must register in person at the branch of their choice and a parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form, available at the branch. On the day of the program, each appointment is 10 to 15 minutes, which includes an exam, glasses selection and equipment cleaning between patients.
Maryland Vision To Learn supporters include Abell Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Congressman John K. Delaney and April McClain-Delaney, Capital Source Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, and the Warby Parker Foundation.
The 2023 schedule for Vision to Learn at BCPL is as follows: