1,400 PISD students receive free eye exams and eyeglasses

12.19.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

266 students were found to need immediate medical eye care

PASADENA, Texas – Sixty schools from the Pasadena Independent School District sent children to the recent See to Succeed event at San Jacinto College, where 266 students were found to need immediate medical eye care and 1,493 students were found to need eyeglasses.

The See to Succeed program partners with school districts to identify students in need of eye examinations, eyeglasses or further medical care. This year’s event at San Jacinto College saw 1,596 K-12 students. The program is held at two locations each year, San Jacinto College and the West End Health Center in the Heights. More than 48,000 free eyeglasses have been provided to school children since See to Succeed began approximately seven years ago.

See to Succeed recruits an average of 146 doctors to volunteer alongside opticians, health department staff and San Jacinto College eye care technology and nursing students to deliver eye exams and tests, fit students for eyeglasses and make emergency medical referrals. The program is a collaborative effort among the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, San Jacinto College, the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), Essilor Vision Foundation, Walmart, Berkeley Eye Center, Optometry Giving Sight and the Luxottica One Sight Foundation. 

For more information, visit houstontx.gov/health/KidsVision/kidsvision.html.

About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

For more information about San Jacinto College call 281-998-6150, visit sanjac.edu or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.