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Vision Program For Schoolchildren

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind was a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation in 2013 and 2014. Donations from the team helped underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

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What:

Providing free eye examinations and glasses to eligible children

How:

Eligible children receive vouchers for their community optometrist or a mobile eye care clinic visits the child’s school

   

If you have lost a voucher please call 305-856-9830 for a replacement - at no cost to the family.

   

Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program Forms (Click Here)

   

Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program Serves as a Model for Other States

Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has developed a Best Practices approach for the delivery of eye care to uninsured schoolchildren over the past 22 years as documented in Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association, January, 2012. To read the full text of this article, click here.

Students with poor vision cannot see the board or do close work and fall behind in class. Our objective is to provide comprehensive eye health services including vision examinations, eyeglasses and vision training for students, thus meeting the goal for vision established in National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Healthy Vision/Healthy People 2010 initiative. Our Heiken Program has received two Healthy Vision/Healthy People awards from NEI.

 


The goal of the Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program is to assure that all financially disadvantaged schoolchildren who fail their vision screening have access to a comprehensive eye examination including dilation and glasses, if required, to ensure academic success. Following the Florida Statute which sets standards of care, the Program provides an eye examination with dilation so that underlying medical conditions can be diagnosed and appropriate medical referrals made. Glasses are prescribed if required. These free services are offered statewide either on-site at schools via four mobile eye clinics or by our network of nearly 2,000 participating optometrists. Of 8,692 low-income schoolchildren receiving a dilated eye exam during the 2013-2014 school year, 442 were referred for medical intervention for retinal tears, glaucoma and other eye abnormalities; 7,664 children received prescription glasses. Approximately 84% of all children examined require and receive prescription eyeglasses, confirming the importance of a follow-up eye exam after a student fails the state-mandated vision screening.

Why are these services important?

According to research by the American Optometric Association, vision problems in children and teenagers may contribute to poor school performance, behavior issues and delinquency. AOA research shows that 1-in-4 children has vision problems; literacy can be improved with early intervention. With corrective lenses, children are able to read their assignments, see the board, and learn to their fullest potential. Their prospects for succeeding in school improve immeasurably.

Child selecting frames on one of our mobile eye care units.

Of the 1,400 families contacted in our recent Heiken Children’s Vision Program market research survey, underwritten by the Health Foundation of South Florida, 74% of the respondents reported that their child had improved academically because of the services provided by our Program.

How is the program funded?

Leveraging Florida Department of Health funds with funding from other entities such as the Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, The Children’s Trust, the Miami Foundation, other private foundations and individual donors enables us to nearly double the number of children the Heiken Program serves every year.

History of the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program

The Heiken Children’s Vision Fund was created in 1992 by the Dade County Optometric Association, and merged with the Miami Lighthouse in 2007. In 2010, the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program, LLC, a division of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc., was registered with the State of Florida, expanding vision health services to low-income children statewide.

Governance oversight of the program is provided by the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the LLC; oversight of the program is provided by the Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program Advisory Committee comprised of optometrists, ophthalmologists and representatives from foundations and school districts. Click here to view the roster of Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program Advisory Committee members.

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has received six consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, placing it among the nation's top 3% most efficient non-profit organizations and is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. 

For additional information please call 305-856-9830 or 1-888-996-9847

       


www.thechildrenstrust.org

       
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program is partially funded by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Lighthouse Wins South Florida Business Journal
Excellence In Health Care - Community Outreach Award

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category at an award ceremony October 6. Click here for press release.

School Board Member Raquel Regalado thanks
the Heiken Children's Vision Program

School Board Member Raquel Regalado thanks Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and the Heiken Children's Vision Program that enables uninsured, financially disadvantaged children in Miami-Dade County to receive free comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses at no cost. Filmed at the Miami Lighthouse 80th Ruby Jubilee Dinner Concert at the Biltmore Hotel.

   
 

 

 

Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program Honored
by Miami-Dade County School Board

A proclamation recognizing the Miami Lighthouse Heiken Children's Vision Program for distinguished services to county schoolchildren was presented at the April 14th, 2010 meeting of the Miami-Dade County School Board.

  School Board member Dr. Martin Karp and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho  
 

School Board member Dr. Martin Karp, Miami Lighthouse
CEO Virginia Jacko, and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

 

Click here to read the School Board Proclamation.

Click here to read a letter of appreciation from Miami-Dade County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, Ava G. Byrne.

Click here to read Florida Senators and Representatives Visit the Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program Serving Children throughout the State.

Contact Us:

Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-856-9830
Fax: 305-856-9840

 



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Links of Interest:

American Optometric Association (www.aoa.org)
Florida Optometric Association (www.floridaeyes.org)
Health Foundation of South Florida (www.hfsf.org)
Healthy Vision/Healthy People 2010 (www.healthyvision2010.org)
National Eye Institute (www.nei.nih.gov
The Children’s Trust (www.thechildrenstrust.org)  

 
 



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Jan and Daniel Lewis, Agustin Arellano, Sr., Commissioner Sally Heyman, Mrs. Sash A. Spencer, Chair-elect Ray Casas, Virginia Jacko President & CEO, Carmella Witt, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Marta Weeks Wulf and Penny Stamps at Dedication Ceremony for new 4th Floor, October 7, 2014.
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State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.

 

 
 
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse first sought and received NAC accreditation in 1978 and has consistently achieved NAC accreditation to the present time having received six commendations with its five year accreditation renewal.

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 3% of U.S. nonprofits having earned a 4-star rating for six consecutive years from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

 

2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

                 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse's Heiken Children's Vision Program received the bronze medal for their service to thousands of under-served children in public schools at the 2012 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

 

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

   
 
 

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