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Free eye exams and eyeglasses are available to youth at Hartford Public Library locations

Destiny Horne of Hartford poses with her nieces, Nyeima and NyAsia Fisher, and nephew Devon Fisher after they received new eyeglasses at the Park Street Library at the Lyric last month through a partnership between Hartford Public Library and Vision to Learn. The nonprofit will return to Hartford libraries in August to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to children ages 5-18.
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Destiny Horne of Hartford poses with her nieces, Nyeima and NyAsia Fisher, and nephew Devon Fisher after they received new eyeglasses at the Park Street Library at the Lyric last month through a partnership between Hartford Public Library and Vision to Learn. The nonprofit will return to Hartford libraries in August to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to children ages 5 to 18.

Beginning Monday, children ages 5 to 18 can get free eye exams and eyeglasses through a program with the Hartford Public Library and Vision to Learn.

Since last year, Vision to Learn has worked to help underserved communities in Connecticut.

Bonnie Solberg with Hartford Public Library said that in Hartford, some families don’t have the money to spend on proper vision care or they aren't sure a child needs glasses.

“They need a little help,” she said. “But there’s other priorities when money is tight.”

Screening days are offered through Wednesday, Aug. 24. Solberg said previous screenings in June served 27 children.

“Out of the 27 children screened, 24 needed glasses and received a free pair of glasses as a result of their screening,” Solberg said.

Since launching last year, Vision to Learn has examined over 1,400 children in Connecticut and provided glasses to over 1,100 children.

Solberg said the turnout in June showed there was a demand for the service.

"More than we could meet during those two days,” she said. “We knew that it was something we wanted to bring back if possible.”

Insurance is not required, but appointments are.

Screenings are being held in Hartford at these dates and locations:

  • Aug. 15, Dwight Library - 7 New Park Ave.
  • Aug. 16, Barbour Library - 261 Barbour St.
  • Aug. 17, Albany Library - 1250 Albany Ave.
  • Aug. 22, Camp Field Library - 30 Campfield Ave.
  • Aug. 23, Park Street Library @ the Lyric - 603 Park St.
  • Aug. 24, Downtown Library - 500 Main St.

You can also check appointment availability by calling the Hartford Public Library at 860-695-6300.

Michayla Savitt was a summer 2022 newsroom intern at Connecticut Public, and covered environmental and health issues. She is finishing up her graduate degree at the CUNY School of Journalism, and can often be found exploring NYC or seeking new music.