Campaign hopes to give free eye exams to all St. Paul Public School students


More St. Paul students could be in line to get free eye exams.

Phillips Eye Institute and the Saint Paul Public Schools have a new campaign called See Saint Paul. According to the website, they're trying to raise $600,000 to help students in the Twin Cities see better.

St. Paul Public Schools Foundation said this week that See Saint Paul received a $250,000 matching grant from The Otto Bremer Foundation (so for every $1 donated, the foundation will pitch in another $1) to help them reach their goal. Once the money is raised, they say they'll be able to provide vision care to all students in Saint Paul Public Schools for 10 years, according to the site.

In addition to screenings, the initiative will also provide glasses to students who can't afford them.

The St. Paul Public School's superintendent told KSTP seven out of 10 students are poor and might not be able to get eye exams without these programs.

According to Phillips Eye Institute – which helped create See Saint Paul – eye sight can impact how well a student does in school. They say 25 percent of children have vision problems – many of which go undetected because a lot of schools can't afford to offer eye exams.

The institute says it's been working to provide vision screenings to elementary school students since 2008 with a program called Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative.

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