A program of Prevent Blindness Northern California, See Well to Learn™ was established in 2012 to ensure that preschoolers in underserved communities have equal access to comprehensive vision care and are ready for school. Tipping Point Community provided seed funding and management assistance to launch the Eye Bus program for Bay Area preschoolers.
The See Well to Learn™ Eye Bus program is the only program in Northern California to employ an innovative, school-based approach to accurately detect vision problems among low-income preschoolers, at no cost to the students. We want to ensure that these children receive the care they need for vision correction so they can enter Kindergarten ready to learn.
While the program has 6 major components, the design of the Eye Bus is a whimsical way to introduce the importance of vision care to students. Children are excited to see the Eye Bus pull up and are curious to learn more about what happens inside. While we need the community to support our vision care efforts, it's important that the children themselves are also excited to learn about taking care of their vision.
In addition to its Screening Services and Eye Bus, See Well to Learn™ helps parents navigate the vision healthcare system, while connecting parents in need with financial resources for eye care. See Well to Learn™ also offers support on compliance, including education on specific vision disorders and support group information for parents of children with vision problems.
See Well to Learn™ is a part of Preschool Vision Care of California, a statewide network of mobile vision programs that deliver comprehensive eye care at school sites to vulnerable preschoolers. The network also has programs in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County.