In 2018, the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) and the Mobile Vision Eye Care Clinic (MVECC) formed a partnership to help ensure students who need eyeglasses can get them.
Under the direction of Sean Sylvestre, MVECC founder and CEO, the clinic that works alongside schools and community groups to provide on-site vision care services, including comprehensive eye exams by a licensed Doctor of Optometry, and the dispensing of prescription eyeglasses.
One of the best parts about the clinic is that students can access the services without ever leaving their school. Prescription glasses are provided to those in need and come with an anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating as well as a case and a cleaning cloth. To ensure the safety of staff and students, COVID-19 public health safety protocols are followed at every site.
“Providing the opportunity for students to connect with quality eye care services directly at school makes a world of difference in ensuring all students have what they need to be successful,” said Melissa Brown, LRSD Family Outreach Worker. “Witnessing the smiles and happy expressions of students who put on eyeglasses for the first time demonstrate the value of the partnership between LRSD and the MVECC.”
LRSD works with federal and provincial programs, third party insurance companies, and community partners to ensure costs are not a barrier for students.
“The MVECC creates equitable access to vision care for all of our students and families,” said Shelly Hooper, principal, Lavallee School. “It was an amazing experience to witness the sheer joy overcome some students as they tried on their glasses and experienced clear vision for the very first time. We anxiously anticipate the positive impact on academic achievement that this experience will have on students for years to come.”
The MVECC has visited Victor Wyatt, Lavallee, and Marion Schools and is scheduled to stop by École Provencher and St. George School in the coming weeks. Visits to additional schools are in the planning stages.