The Foureyes Foundation is a registered charity (CC53080) that helps to identify & treat New Zealand children with eyesight problems. Foureyes Foundation is the charitable arm of Mr Foureyes, which donates a pair of glasses for every pair that is sold.
Providing glasses is just one aspect of the Foureyes Foundation's work.
It starts with identifying eyesight problems (screening). Our pilot programme at Titahi Bay School in Wellington showed a big unmet need - on our most recent visit, around 15% of the kids we screened needed follow up with an optometrist. We screen eyesight using a tool called the "Plus-Optix", which makes screening quick, easy and accurate.
The next step is eye testing. In our pilot programme there was a big drop-off in kids making it to the optometrist for testing (even though it was free), so this is something we want to work on making as easy as possible.
Providing glasses is made easy with our Buy One, Give One approach. The glasses we give are high quality, new optical children's frames. We have a range of styles for children to choose from, including durable plastic and metal styles.
Finally, follow up and monitoring is really important. Kids eyesight can change rapidly, so it doesn't end when we hand over a pair of glasses. It's also important to be able to monitor and demonstrate the benefits that good eyesight can bring.
Childhood is important. It builds the foundations for future health, education, employment, productivity and social success. As well as helping with vision, glasses can help solve symptoms like headaches, struggling to read and write (like writing letters backwards), and children losing motivation and concentration both in and out of class.
Unfortunately here in New Zealand, there are children who don't have glasses because they don't know they need them, have been misdiagnosed with learning difficulties, or it is simply unaffordable for their families. We work with schools to get glasses to children who need them the most. It is important that our work complements the systems already in place such as the Government subsidy scheme and school screening programmes.
Here is some recent feedback from a parent who read our tips for children's vision in Tots to Teens magazine.
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