For children to read, they have to be able to see properly. Sometimes a learning difficulty is the result of a problem as fundamental -- and correctable -- as poor vision.But sometimes glasses can be an unaffordable luxury for families struggling to meet basic expenses.To get more kids fitted with the eyewear they need -- and make it a fun experience -- a group of Tarrant County organizations is holding Kids Vision Fest 2013 on Feb. 1.Hosted by the Alcon Foundation, Essilor Vision Foundation and the Kids Vision for Life-Tarrant County Coalition, the event includes free vision screenings for children.Those aged 5-12 who qualify based on family income will receive eye exams and glasses at no cost. Eligibility is based on the 2012 federal poverty guidelines, which set a threshold of $23,050 for a family of four. (1.usa.gov/wBQemo)Others are welcome to the event, which will include games, giveaways and a 10 a.m. roundtable at which county leaders will discuss children's vision care and its importance for education, society and the economy.Students who bring vision referrals from school nurses will be given priority on a first-come, first-served basis, and organizations that schedule appointments in advance for groups of children will be allowed in at 9 a.m.More information is available at www.kidsvisionforlife.org or 972-764-7510.Healthy kids have a better chance at succeeding in school and, therefore, in life.This community service offers vital support that might otherwise too easily be overlooked.
Kids Vision Fest
Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, downtown Fort Worth.
Free and open to the public.