7-year-old R’shadd Walker is a first grader at School No. 45 in Rochester.
Today he finds out if he needs glasses. The doctor who’s helping him?
Pat Weisenreder, an optometrist with Reed Eye Associates. She’s a volunteer.
“That’s what excited me the most, it’s all student based,” she says.
The Vision Care Program is the only one of its kind in New York State.
It’s actually a class offered by East High School, where students learn how to make eyeglasses. In the past three years, they’ve made 900 pairs of glasses for other students in the Rochester City School District.
Vision Care students take measurements and help the children pick out frames.
Then Dr. Pat performs the screenings. “If you can’t see in the classroom, you can’t perform, so I was really excited to hear about this program,” she says.
So far, 650 children have been screened for glasses, some of them never knowing they ever needed help to see. The East High Vision Care Program really started taking off when they began these screenings, something that wouldn’t be possible, without people like Dr. Pat.