Friends for Sight

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A student checks the eye sight of another man.
What is _____?: 

What is Friends for Sight?


Vision disorders are a prevalent disabling condition to individuals of all ages. However, with a simple test, screening participants can be alerted to potential vision problems that are preventable. However, many individuals lack the resources to seek out eye care for themselves and their family members.

 

Working with state agencies, school nurses, health care providers and community groups, our volunteers help us to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to quality eye care. They also help to spread information about eye safety, threats to vision, and available community resources. 

 

Volunteer Commitment: Volunteers are expected to commit 20 hours per year (10 hours per semester). As vision screenings are hands-on and involve the use of specialized equipment, a one hour training is required.

 

 

Program Directors: 

Program Directors

Austin Kerr

Executive Director

(714) 504-4175

Wed. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Arissa Watkins 

(608) 518-5879

Tues. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Dallin d'Huart

(805) 616-0605

 

Program Directors needed.

Apply here.

 

Active Semesters

Fall   Winter 

 

Time Commitment 

20 hours a year 

 

How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?


Contact us at friendsforsight@byu.edu to schedule your training. We look forward to having you serve with us!

 

 

Experiences: 

Experiences


“Volunteering with Friends For Sight has been amazing. It's fun interacting with patients, performing screenings, and giving out glasses to those who really need them. I love that as a student I feel like I can make a huge difference in someone's quality of life by giving them access to proper eye care.”

-Anonymous

 

Impact on the Community 

Here is a note from the parent of a child who was at one of our screenings:

 

“Dear Friends For Sight,

 

I cannot thank you enough for the screening you did at Delilah's preschool last October. Because of you I was able to take her to an optometrist in November where we found out she has amblyopia and melanoma on her eye. The optometrist was AMAZED that her lazy eye was caught this early, because it usually doesn't happen until after a child is struggling to read. We started with glasses and after 6 months we started an eye patch. Everywhere we go Lila is complimented on her eye patch and glasses, she beams with pride every time and brags "I'm a pirate! My eye is learning to see better!" And I boast about Friends For Sight for catching it so early. Lila will be starting kindergarten in the fall and I am exponentially grateful that we already know her eyes need extra help to make reading possible.

 

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!"

 

~Amanda "Delilah's Mama"