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Blue Cross Blue Shield of FL funds Florida’s Vision Quest project at Orlando’s Oak Ridge High School; 1,800+ students to receive free vision screenings

Aug 29, 2011 0 Comments

Orlando, FL – August 29, 2011 – Florida’s Vision Quest (FVQ) is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida that will provide free vision screenings for the 1,800+ students at Orlando’s Oak Ridge High School. The gift will be put to immediate use, as FVQ will be on hand at the school on Wednesday, August 31 with the latest PediaVision “Spot” technology to quickly and efficiently screen the students. The grant will also provide for a second comprehensive vision screening the following week for those students identified as having vision issues, as well as free eyeglasses for those students who require vision correction.

Based on past experience, FVQ estimates that as much as 25% of the school’s student population could potentially fail the screenings and require vision correcting eyeglasses. While surprising to the layperson, the estimate is no surprise to those in the know. Jeff Mortenson, VP of Sales & Marketing for Lake Mary based PediaVision, said; “State screening mandates are not adequately identifying children that need care. It is likely that many of the high school students that have a vision issue today did not have one at the time of their 6th grade screening, which would be the last point at which state mandated screening would have occurred.”

The gift will certainly be appreciated. Dr. Leigh A. Bradshaw, Principal of Oak Ridge High School, said; “We are honored and thankful to receive these much needed vision screening services for our 1,800+ students, courtesy of Florida’s Vision Quest and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. The screenings, along with the generous donation of desperately needed eyeglasses will ensure that our students’ vision will be conducive to learning, providing them with the opportunity to maximize their potential at school. Many of our students come from high-poverty homes, and they would be unable to pay for glasses without this donation.”

Media members who are interested in covering this uplifting community event should contact Cristina Calvet-Harrold at 407-832-4814 or at

About Florida’s Vision Quest

Florida’s Vision Quest, founded in 1994, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving more than 14,000 “at risk” children every year. We provide children from low-income and uninsured families across the state with free eye exams and eyeglasses, in addition to raising awareness about the epidemic of uncorrected vision problems amongst low-income students. We are committed to fiscal responsibility, and to being good stewards of the support and resources that we receive from our generous benefactors.

Cristina M. Calvet-Harrold, +1-407-832-4814
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