Sight Savers America began its work in 1997 when CEO and founder Jeff Haddox realized that poor vision was affecting tens of thousands of children each year. In his 20 plus year role as a vision scientist, Haddox learned many children would never succeed in school because of neglected eye care. He knew many children could be corrected to 20/20 eyesight, while others with more serious low vision conditions, could maximize their sight with enhanced technological advances. Sight Savers America now has programs in place to help children receive routine eye care and attend eye clinics, low vision clinics, and in-home delivery of vision aids and training in how to use them – all at no cost to low income children.
Education and public awareness are also important tools Sight Savers America employs to help children with poor vision. Families often are unaware their kids aren’t getting the care and treatment they need, most times not out of neglect, but lack of information. Families simply don’t realize that children should have their eyes examined at a very early age. Children can’t articulate their vision needs, but if vision problems are caught early enough, most can be treated successfully.
From the vision, commitment and leadership of the Sight Savers America staff, our programs have become the NATIONAL MODEL FOR CHILDREN’S VISION CARE.