EYECARE: A Greater Vision 2020 On-Site Teams Up With Boston Public Schools, New England College of Optometry and Warby Parker on 'Vision for Boston' Program By Staff Thursday, December 23, 2021 12:18 AM BOSTON—2020 On-site has announced that it is moving forward with Boston Public Schools (BPS), the New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Warby Parker to provide free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses to BPS children under the "Vision for Boston" program. Through the program, 2020 On-site’s licensed optometrists and specialists will visit approximately 20 BPS schools this holiday season. All students in participating schools are eligible to receive eye exams at no cost, regardless of their insurance coverage.Any student found to need eyeglasses can also choose a pair at no cost. Warby Parker will provide the glasses; the company has designed a line of glasses specifically for students that are part of this program through its Pupils Project initiative. 2020 On-site, which is based in Boston, began partnering with individual BPS schools in 2015. In past years, 2020 On-site has visited over 30 schools in the Boston area. All BPS students in grades K0-5, 7, and 10 must receive a vision screening in school as part of a state mandated health screening. Students are screened by BPS nurses and health paraprofessionals. NECO students and instructors also visit schools to assist with these screenings. Students who do not pass their vision screenings are flagged as requiring a full eye examination. 2020 On-site will provide students in grades 4-12 a complete, comprehensive eye exam. Any student found to need corrective eyewear will have the opportunity to choose a pair of new prescription glasses from Warby Parker. Students in grades K0-3 can also choose eyeglasses, for no cost, if the school has a copy of a recent prescription, written within the last year. Vision exams will take place onboard 2020 On-site’s mobile vision clinic, an eye clinic on-the-go. 2020 On-site optometrists and vision specialists will conduct pre-testing, including capturing a high-definition image of the retina and an eye pressure test for glaucoma detection, before students receive a comprehensive eye exam using fully-digital, top-of-the-line equipment. Participating schools were recommended by Boston Public Schools Health Services Department due to their high need of vision support, while school administration and school nurses advocated for their school communities to participate. The participating schools include: BCLA/New Mission, Blackstone Elementary, Boston Arts Academy, Brighton High School, BTU Pilot K-8, Community Academy of Science and Health, Hernandez K-8, MATCH Charter School, Umana Academy and Timilty Middle School. Alexis McLaughlin, CEO of 2020 On-site, said, "We are extremely excited to resume Vision for Boston and provide free eye exams and glasses to Boston Public School students. Giving back to our community is now more important than ever. This program is an opportunity to increase accessibility of high-quality vision care for all, a mission we work to fulfill every day."