Important Update: Event Postponed Until Spring 2022
The health and safety of our patients, our employees and our community is always a first priority at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Due to the rapid surge of COVID-19 brought on by the Delta variant, we have decided to postpone Children’s Vision Day, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 18. Our team will be back in touch once the event has been rescheduled.
Your partnership is vital to the success of our community event, and we are eager to continue working with you once a new date has been announced. We are committed to providing access to high-quality vision care for children in need throughout South Florida. Until we can safely meet in person, we hope you and your family take precautions to stay safe, get vaccinated and mask up.
Thank you for your collaboration and understanding. We are here to serve. For any questions, please contact either of us or Sara Jolly, Executive Director of Development, at Sara.Jolly@nicklaushealth.org or call (305)666-2889.
Sending our best wishes,
Michelle Boggs President, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation
SVP, Nicklaus Children's Health System
Luxme Hariharan, MD, MPH Pediatric Ophthalmologist,
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
About the Event
At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital our vision is to create a healthy future for every child. Nicklaus Children's and community partners are excited to bring the community back into focus by supporting children’s eye health. We want to make sure every child in South Florida has the opportunity to develop his or her full visual potential and beyond. WE SEE YOU and are HERE FOR YOU!
Children's Vision Day: Bringing Our Community Back Into Focus is a daylong eye screening, education and advocacy event for South Florida children and families. The daylong event is a collaboration of many community partners including Nicklaus Children's Health System, Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Lighthouse Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program, and many more.
Why Focus on Eye Health
- Approximately 80% of learning is visual and we notice a gap in access to timely vision screenings, glasses and surgery.
- A child's vision forms by the age of 10. Until then, we have time to intervene to improve vision and quality of life for every child.
- Without regular eye check-ups, undiagnosed eye issues can cause more serious issues in the future.
Services to be provided for children at community event:
- Free eye screenings for kids of all ages, up to age 18.
- Glasses prescriptions will be made on the spot and delivered within several weeks free of charge.
- Access to eye care professionals who can advise on further medical/surgical treatment and access to those services.
- Education and enrollment in Medicaid services provided by the State of Florida.