In response to Dr. Pamela F. Gallin's article Kids Who Can't See Can't Learn, New Eyes' Executive Director Jean Gajano responded to the New York Times, published May 20th 2015.
To the Editor:
Basic vision care for children — as well as for adults — is often treated as an optional service that is less critical than other medical needs. But as Pamela Gallin points out, poor vision affects every facet of a child’s life through developmental stages and educational outcomes.
Even with the advent of the Affordable Care Act, there are many who do not have vision coverage and cannot afford to pay the average $154 cost of an eye exam and $200 cost for a pair of eyeglasses (according to VSP, a vision care insurance leader).
Until vision care is accorded the importance of vaccinations and other preventive medical services, nonprofits like mine, New Eyes for the Needy, can fill the gap by providing new prescription eyeglasses to needy children and adults. We constantly seek and embrace partners in the optical industry as well as those in the medical community to help us provide these disadvantaged people the simple yet critical tool of clear vision so that they may lead productive, independent and successful lives.
New Eyes for the Needy
Short Hills, N.J.