Help us to help NZ school kids thrive. Eyesight problems are a barrier to learning that we want to remove - one pair of glasses at a time.Wellington
The Foureyes Foundation has been created to remove barriers to eye care, and to work with communities to raise awareness of the link between poor eyesight and education.
Foureyes Foundation is the charitable arm of online glasses store Mr Foureyes, which donates a pair of glasses for every pair they sell.
We work on:
1. Identifying eyesight problems (screening)
With the help of donations, we were able to fundraise for a piece of equipment (PlusOptix) that has helped us support nearly 30 schools (and 5000 kids) over the past few years. On average 15% of the kids are being referred to see an optometrist.
2. Eye testing
In 2017 we introduced eye testing in Masterton to help reduce the number of children missing out. With your donation, we have been able to continue this support for the children into 2020.
3. Providing glasses
This is the easy one! For every pair Mr Foureyes sells, a pair goes to a New Zealand child. We have helped 1 in 10 kids get glasses through the programme.
4. Follow up and monitoring
We have continued our work by returning to the schools in subsequent years, and more recently we have started working more closely with the iwi-led medical centers our clinics are based in - providing our services to their children.
More about us
The Foureyes Foundation helps to identify & treat New Zealand children with eyesight problems.
Childhood is important. It builds the foundations for future health, education, employment, productivity and social success. Changes to technology like more screen time have put huge demand on our eyes. However, children are not always aware that they need glasses. As well as helping with vision, glasses can help solve symptoms like headaches, struggling to read and write (like writing letters backwards), and children losing motivation and concentration both in and out of class.
We work with schools and other charities to get glasses to children who need them the most. We are helped by Mr Foureyes, who gives us a free pair of glasses for every pair they sell (learn more here: https://mrfoureyes.co.nz/pages/buy-one-give-one)
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Kia ora everyone - hope you have all been safe and well over lockdown and since then. Our eye testing clinics are now back up and running, and we continue to support kids with free eye exams and glasses. We will re-start our vision screening in schools in 2021. In the meantime, we are working with schools, whanau and medical centres to proactively identify kids who may need help with their vision.
I also had a chat to MAS about the work that we do - you can read the profile (in the Winter 2020 edition of On MAS here: