Eye Exams to be Offered at some Duval County Schools this week

An organization out of Miami is offering free eye exams for students at a number of schools in Duval County this week.

The Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program is providing comprehensive eye examinations to students at Westview PreK-8 school, Woodland Acres Elementary, and Arlington Elementary School on November 13th and 14th.

Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program is a subsidiary of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which is a non-profit organization.

The Heiken vision program is funded by grants.

The services will be offered at Westview PreK-8 on Monday, and then at Woodland Acres Elementary and Arlington Elementary on Tuesday.

Services will also be available at five mobile eye clinics and across 1,100 participating optometrist offices in the state.

It’s goal is to help financially disadvantaged students to achieve academic success with free vision screenings and glasses.

The program does require parents to apply and qualify for the free program.

If your child doesn’t qualify for the free program, your child’s insurance benefits can now be used to pay for the exam and glasses on a mobile visit.

That includes insurance programs like Medicaid.

You can apply for and learn more about the program here.

Ben Fridkis

Ben Fridkis, News 104.5 WOKV

Benjamin Fridkis is overnight producer for the Jacksonville Morning News. He is part of Jacksonville’s largest radio news team that updates and presents the latest stories every weekday morning from 5am to 9am.

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