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Vision van visits Francis Howell schools

Students receive eye exams on the Ronald McDonald Care Vision Van.

Students receive eye exams on the Ronald McDonald Care Vision Van.

The Ronald McDonald Care Vision Van recently visited Francis Howell elementary and middle schools, providing free vision care to over 80 students.

The Vision Van is an optical manufacturing shop on wheels, offering everything onboard from eye exams and screening to crafting customized eyewear onsite.

“The eye care van has been a tremendous asset to our district. It has helped many students achieve academic success through vision services they may not necessarily have had access to,” said Janet Stiglich, a nurse coordinator for the district. “To see the students’ faces once the glasses are on and they can ‘see’ has been heartwarming.”

School nurses screened all students and then referred any students with vision problems to the Vision Van for an eye exam by a licensed optometrist. After the eye exam, students who needed glasses were able to choose from a variety of new frames, and glasses were provided on the spot, or in some cases, within a couple of hours.

“As we enter the Thanksgiving season, I want to be sure to thank all the people from Ronald McDonald Vision Van and Eye Care Charity of Mid-America. Their generous donations of time and glasses have truly impacted our students,” said Stiglich.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis and the Eye Care Charity of Mid-America established the Vision Van program in 2013. The program serves the greater St. Louis area and has helped over 2,000 children receive free eye care.

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