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Eye Exams and Glasses for Low Income Kids

Vision to Learn

Hundreds of children in eastern Iowa will get free eye exams and glasses thanks to a pilot program that just started in Dubuque and Jackson County. A California non-profit called Vision to Learn is working with two local foundations to help low income children.

Austin Buetner founded Vision to Learn in Los Angeles three years ago, and since then it's provided eye exams to 50,000 kids in several states, and glasses to 40,000.
Buetner says one study found that children's grades can improve 10 per cent in just the first year after getting their first pair of glasses.

Vision to Learn plans to visit eight elementary schools in Dubuque and Jackson County, and provide free vision care to at least 200 low income children.

Kids and their parents are thrilled with kids get their first glasses.

His local partners include the Community Foundations of Greater Dubuque, and Jackson County, plus Thiesen'sHome Farm and Auto in Dubuque.

Buetner hopes Vision to Learn can help even more children, across Iowa, next year. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.