Local youth invited to get free eye exams at Pogo Park’s Elm Playlot

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Pogo Park is partnering with Vision to Learn to provide low-income children from ages 4-18, with free eye exams and prescription glasses.

The community’s families are encouraged to take advantage of the no-charge exams, which will place at Elm Playlot on Friday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children flagged for possibly needing glasses will be asked to return to the park the following week, on July 20, to be further examined by an eye doctor.

“If a child needs glasses, Vision to Learn will provide them for free,” organizers said.

Last year, 232 children were screened by Vision to Learn at Pogo Park. Of them, “a staggering 96 children, or 41-percent, needed glasses, according to the Richmond Community Foundation, which posted about the event on Facebook to encourage community families to take advantage of the opportunity.

“It is critical that every child who needs glasses, gets them,” RFC stated. “Research shows that not being able to see impacts a child’s ability to learn, grow, and thrive.

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