HHF Celebrates Program Helping Underserved Children Receive Eye Exams and Spectacles

HOUSTON – The Houston Health Foundation celebrates Aramco Americas’ visionary leadership and support of its Brilliant Futures, See to Succeed program, operated by the Houston Health Department.

Mayor Sylvester Turner will join Aramco Americas President Nabeel AlAfaleg on Tuesday to tour the See to Succeed mission and celebrate the impact of this safety net program for visually impaired ages 6 to 18, now in its 11th year of service.

See to Succeed offers comprehensive eye exams at one-day eye clinics, then delivers the kids’ glasses three weeks later.

To support this work, Aramco Americas donated $100,000 to the Houston Health Foundation. The only local pediatric vision program with the capacity to provide free comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses each year, See to Succeed helps over 12,000 children each year.

See to Succeed partners with 16 Houston-area school districts to offer a week-long series of vision clinics. The clinics offer vision screening, comprehensive optometry exams, frame selection and the fitting of a new, high-quality pair of glasses for children who do not have access to optometry services.

Aramco’s donation generously supports referrals in optometry, optics and medicine.

Long-time See to Succeed partners include the University of Houston College of Optometry, San Jacinto College Eye Technology Program, Berkeley Eye Center, Essilor Vision Foundation, Onesight, and Access-Health.

Many organizations also contribute thousands of volunteer hours each year. The program has provided more than 94,000 glasses to Houston-area school children since 2012.

Each year, approximately 20,000 school-aged children have unresolved visual impairment in the Houston area. Without See to Succeed’s essential services, they may experience poor academic performance, attendance and behavior problems.

In a local study of See to Succeed participants, among students who received free glasses through See to Succeed, 80% of previously failing students saw improvements the following year. In addition, 68% of chronically absent students demonstrated better attendance and 53% of students with documented disciplinary problems experienced no further disciplinary action.

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