Essilor Vision Foundation and Walman Optical Renew Partnership for Kids With a Vision Program


DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced today that it ishas renewed its partnership with Walman Optical to continue Walman’s Kids With a Vision program throughout 2020. For every pair of digitally surfaced lenses treated with non-glare treatment produced by Walman Optical labs purchased by participating eyecare professionals through Dec. 31, 2020, Walman Optical will donate $5.00 to EVF. It is estimated that one in four children in the U.S. has a vision issue significant enough to affect their ability to learn.

Vision impacts every aspect of a child’s life, from learning, confidence and social interaction to participation in activities such as sports, art and music. The funds raised through Kids With a Vision will help EVF provide vision care for children in underserved communities around the country who otherwise would not receive crucial vision exams and glasses.

“2020 is the year of vision—a year when everyone should make their eye health a priority and be advocates for the estimated 12 million kids in America with a vision impairment, half of whom are not getting the care they need,” said Becky Palm, EVF president and executive director. “With the generous support of Walman Optical, we will continue to raise awareness and donations for the millions of children in this country who lack proper vision care.”

Walman Optical CEO Marty Bassett added, “The Kids With a Vision program gives our customers the chance to engage in a more meaningful way in philanthropy and giving back to their communities,” he said. “We see it as an opportunity for them to build their brands, create greater awareness and recognition for the importance of optical health, and have a direct impact on kids in their communities.”