Vision for Baltimore

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We are excited to share information about Vision for Baltimore, a new city-wide vision program!

Between fall 2016 and summer 2019, Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) will provide school-based vision screening to all students in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Students who fail the vision screening will be eligible for vision services by Vision To Learn (VTL), which will conduct comprehensive eye exams, and provide glasses, free of charge, to students who need them.  

A Johns Hopkins University research team is collaborating with BCHD, BCPS and VTL to assist with implementation of vision services and measure their impact on academic performance.

Vision Screening and Eye Exams

  • Maryland law mandates that children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten first grade and eighth grade students undergo vision screenings.
  • The BCPS system currently serves 62,635 students between pre-kindergarten and eighth grade. It is estimated that 10,000 of those students need glasses, but significant barriers exist that prevent many students from getting those glasses.
  • In addition to the mandated vision screening, BCHD will expand school-based vision screening to all BCPS students in grades pre K through 8.
  • VTL will bring its Mobile Vision Clinic to each school and conduct a comprehensive eye exam by a licensed optometrist on students who have failed an initial vision screen conducted by the BCHD. 
  • Students who need glasses will have them delivered to their school and distributed to the students.

What you need to know

  1. Vision for Baltimore will roll out over the next 3 years, with approximately 50 schools being served each year. 
  2. There is no registration process. All BCPS schools serving students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will participate in Vision for Baltimore. 
  3. The Vision for Baltimore team will contact principals with additional information during year your school will be served. 

To learn more, please email us at: [email protected]

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