what we do
Our Mission and Purpose.
EyeCare4Kids™ provides professional eye care to low-income, visually-impaired children and underserved families.
The organization has helped more than 300,000 children receive professional eye exams, vision screenings and glasses, when needed.
EyeCare4Kids™ had been awarded the highest ranking for a charity that the BBB gives, an A+, meeting all of the qualifications to make them eligible for this prestigious grade.
Exams determine if a child has vision problems and needs corrective lenses. Early identification of these issues can be crucial to a child’s development and educational success.
Many children that are active or in sports prefer contact lenses over normal glasses. Even glasses equipped with polycarbonate lenses can break during high contact activities. In those cases, we can provide corrective contact lenses. Please ask your optometrist if contact lenses are right for your child.
Frames & Lenses
We work with the largest frame manufacturers to get the latest styles and sizes. All our glasses include shatterproof polycarbonate lenses, which are 10 times more impact resistant than standard plastic lenses. That way, a child’s eyes are safe and protected while experiencing clear and comfortable vision.
Joseph Carbone, founder and president of EyeCare4Kids™, has been a board certified optician since 1975. He recognized the issue that many underprivileged families face not being able to afford or access professional eye care for their children. In 2001, he left his private practice to launch EyeCare4Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing as many kids as possible with eye care services.
Now, nearly 20 years later, EyeCare4Kids™ has locations in five areas nation-wide. It owns family, school and community-based clinics, as well as mobile clinics that bring services to the children and families in need.
Awards, Partners, & Accomplishments
– 2016 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur.
– Shaquille O’Neal is our National Spokesman.
– Humanitarian trips to Laos, Rwanda, Kenya, South and Central America.
-Eight clinics in Utah, Nevada, New Jersey and Arizona.
Our Future at EyeCare4Kids™
The goal is to have a vision clinic in every major city across the United States and a mobile clinic in each state to aid the EyeCare4Kids™ Rural Outreach Program. With the help of donors and volunteers, there is no reason a child needs to go years without professional eye care or a pair of glasses.
We understand that it’s sometimes hard to schedule, plan and travel to appointments. That’s why we want to come to you! Our three mobile clinics in Utah, Nevada and Arizona travel to many schools in various school districts, native american reservations and surrounding rural areas. A team of highly qualified and skilled professionals travel with the clinic to perform eye exams and screenings. All the equipment and a selection of glasses are loaded onto the mobile clinic so that we can take care of everything on site. Your kids may even be able to meet See-More Bear!
” The staff is very nice and helpful and their service is excellent. I’m so happy that I have found this amazing place. They donate glasses to other kids in need, if you can you can contribute to this cause! “
Your Donation Makes a Difference.
There are 10 million children in the United States in need of vision services. By contributing to the EyeCare4Kids™ cause, you will help a child clearly see the leaves on a tree, the words in a book, and the faces of their friends and family. A donation of $100 Provides exams as well as glasses for 3 children.
We would love to answer any questions you have and help you know how your children can best get their eye care needs met.
6911 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84047