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Community Foundation of South Lake funds Florida’s Vision Quest project in Lake County; 320 students receive free vision screenings

Mar 26, 2012 0 Comments

Orange City, FL – Florida’s Vision Quest (FVQ) is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous donation of $10,000 from Community Foundation of South Lake. The grant provided free vision screenings for 320 Lake County elementary and middle school students, as well as 46 comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses. The screenings and exams took place at the recent Back to School Fair in Clermont, where FVQ’s Mobile Vision Unit was on hand. An additional 19 Lake County students will receive eye exam services in the near future thanks to the grant.

Based on past experience, it is estimated that, on average, upwards of 20% of elementary and middle school students in Florida have undiagnosed or untreated vision issues that could potentially affect their ability to learn. While alarming to the layperson, the estimate is no surprise to those in the know. Jeff Mortenson, VP of Sales & Marketing for Lake Mary based PediaVision, has gone on record as saying; “State screening mandates are not adequately identifying children that need care.” The results of the Lake County screenings certainly support these assertions, as roughly 20% of the children who were screened were identified as requiring vision correcting eyeglasses.

The gift was certainly appreciated. Carman Cullen, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, said; “Thanks to the help of various community partners, including the Community Foundation of South Lake and Florida’s Vision Quest, our 2011 Back to School Fair was a huge success. Over 300 students had their vision assessed at the fairs, and many of them received the comprehensive exams and free eyeglasses that they so desperately needed. Thanks to our supporters, these children will no longer be held back by their inadequate vision in the classroom.”

Media members who are interested in covering any future FVQ community events 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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