Just weeks after opening a branch in Harbor East, Warby Parker has announced its involvement with Vision for Baltimore, an initiative to provide vision screening and correction for City kids in elementary and middle school. The initiative was co-created by Johns Hopkins, the Baltimore City Public School System, the Baltimore City Health Department and nonprofit Vision to Learn.
The trendy eyewear retailer will supply two pairs of glasses to nearly 2800 students, contributing to the Health Department’s Youth Health and Wellness Strategy. While the donation is likely to impact students’ academic performance (after all, how can you learn if you can’t see?), Warby Parker and Vision for Baltimore also hope that access to eye care will help to reduce disparity of opportunity for Baltimore’s youth.
“Public health is about going to where people are to deliver critical services and provide care,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen in a press release for the program. “Vision for Baltimore is about providing every child glasses who needs it, regardless of ability to pay, so that we can eliminate barriers to learning, level the playing ground of inequality, and set up all of our children for success.”
That’s certainly a frame of mind we can get behind.