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Paisley Road kindergarten students receive free glasses

March 3, 2016

GUELPH, Ontario – Paisley Road Public School teamed up with McMaster University for a project that gives kindergarten students free glasses and eye exams.

The pilot project is conducted by researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children and McMaster, in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). Junior and senior kindergarten students are screened in 10 communities across the province, including Paisley Road PS in Guelph.

All students received vision screening provided by the Guelph Lions Club and children who were identified as having vision problems were referred to Dr. Matt Iley and Dr. Melissa Furfaro of Edinburgh Optometry Clinic.

Fourteen students received free eye glasses courtesy of the OAO’s Eye See…Eye Learn program.

Over the past five years, the Lions Club has screened more than 6,000 children in the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic school boards, testing for possible vision problems. According to the Lions Club, around 25 per cent of the students they screen are referred to an optometrist for further testing.

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