About one in four children need some kind of corrective eyewear. But the need skyrockets for economically challenged communities, where 30 – 50 percent of children go without necessary professional eye care services. The implications of that are tremendous, if a child can’t see, he can’t read, if he can’t read, he can’t learn, and if he can’t learn, he’s going to get in trouble.
Joseph Carbone was all too familiar with the huge need for eye care for underserved children. And he decided to do something about it, leaving his private practice behind to launch Eye Care 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization that brings eye care services to children whose families can’t afford it.
Sixteen years after the launch of Eye Care 4 Kids, the organization is approaching 250,000 kids with professional eye exams, vision screenings and, if needed, “new, really cool eye glasses.”
The nonprofit now has a presence in five states including a family clinic, laboratory, school-based clinics, other community-based clinics and even mobile clinics. Not only do the kids need the services, but we need to take the services to the kids.
Our staff is trained to work with special needs children; including children with Autism and Down syndrome.
In 2019 when our new ophthalmology clinic on the Midvale campus opens, we will be able to facilitate many of the vision complications that children face that reach beyond eyewear.
Eye Care 4 Kids would like to see a free clinic in every major city across the United States, and a mobile clinic in each state to aid in our Rural Outreach Program, This is America. There is no reason a child should go years without an eye examination, without professional eye care, or without a silly pair of glasses.
Joseph Carbone and Eye Care 4 Kids have received multiple awards for being an outstanding kid’s charity including the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of 2016!
Eye Care 4 Kids has teamed up with NBA Sports Teams, Professional Athletes and Entertainment Industry Celebrities to expand the charity’s visibility. Shaquille O’Neal is the spokesman for the Newark Eye Care Clinic.