Bring On The Kids!

Bring On The Kids!

The clinic kicks off on Halloween, making for some memorable sights!


We got an early start Monday morning, taking a 15 min. bus ride south from our hotel to National City, where our clinic was located. Founded in 1887, and with a population of almost 60,000 people, National City is the second oldest city in San Diego county. And for the 10th year in a row, the Camacho Recreation Center at Las Palmas Park was provided to us for free for the use of our clinic!

Over the course of 5 days, we planned to see elementary students from all 11 schools in the National School district, all 11 schools from the South Bay district, 4 schools from the Chula Vista district, and all 11 schools from the San Ysidro district, located right on the Mexican boarder. We would also see high school students from 9 schools in the Sweetwater district.

One of our first students on Day One was a 9-year-old girl named Azerielle. She told Amber that while her seat in class wasn't at the front, her teacher would often move her up so she could see the board. She also thought everything looked blurry when she walked down the hallway at school. She was excited to get her very first pair of glasses, with a prescription of -2.75 in each eye. She'll no longer have to move to the front of the class each day!

Next up was 8-year-old Ricardo. He explained to Chiara that he had a hard time doing his homework because he couldn't see it. He would often use his mom's glasses to help him see better, likely benefiting from her bifocals. His first pair of +3.00 prescription glasses should have a huge impact on his ability to succeed in school, and in life!

We finished our day, having seen 321 kids, with 270 of them needing glasses. It was an exhausting day, but we couldn't wait to get back at it on Tuesday!

Published on Nov 17 2016