Seeing is believing

. September 6, 2012.

Children have many needs, and vision insurance and care can be costly. The United Way of Greater Toledo and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department began Children’s Mobile Vision (CMV), a mobile  program which offers eye exams, diagnosis and referrals and glasses on the spot to low-income children. The program was developed based on a request from Woodward High School’s principal noting that many students faced difficulties seeing the blackboard. Since its inception last spring, CMV has worked with over 20 low-income elementary schools with its mobile units’ traveling equipment and volunteer optometrists. Recently, Fifth Third Bank generously donated $25,000 to the program for a van which will ensure the program’s travels into the community. “We’re also currently looking for a full time optometrist for the program,” says Kate Sommerfeld of United Way. For more info on CMV call 419-248-2424 or visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org.