Headaches, playing up at school, distracting others – these are common symptoms of kids who have eyesight issues that haven’t been diagnosed. Sadly, many children’s eyesight problems go undiagnosed due to them not having access to optometrist services or the money needed for prescription glasses. The Foureyes Foundation is on a mission to change that.
In his work as an optometrist, Foureyes Foundation founder Ravi Dass met children who had slipped through the system. He’s seen kids who were struggling with their reading benefit hugely from weak reading glasses. He’s come across “naughty children” who just needed glasses so they could see the whiteboard. He has also encountered young men and women in their late teens and early twenties who have gone through their whole school lives struggling with school work and believing they weren’t smart enough when all they may have needed is a pair of glasses…
In 2016, Ravi founded the Foureyes Foundation with a single goal: to help Kiwi kids by removing barriers to eye care. We do this by running clinics in communities that need them the most and providing free vision screening, eye testing, and glasses to those kids who require them.
As of October 2020, we have 4 clinics, have worked with over 35 schools and have screened over 4000 Kiwi kids. We’re chuffed to know that because of our work, 400 Kiwi kids have had their eye issues picked up early and are now rocking free glasses that allow them to enjoy their childhood.
Here’s our journey so far:
Pilot of vision screening at Porirua’s Titahi Bay School.
Started vision screening in Masterton and opened first clinic (Selina Sutherland)
Expanded vision screening to more schools in Wairarapa and opened second clinic (Whaiora Medical)
Expanded vision screening to Porirua and opened third clinic (Ora Toa Waitangirua)
Added schools in Porirua to our programme
Added Wellington CBD clinic to our programme and moved to Maraeroa in Porirua
Opened fourth clinic — our first out of Wellington — in partnership with the Eye Institute (Dargaville)
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