Vision Program For Schoolchildren
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind was a two-time Charity
Partner of the Marlins Foundation in 2013 and 2014. Donations from the team
helped underwrite the cost of providing
vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to
underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our
Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.
Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program Forms (Click Here)
If you have lost a voucher please call 305-856-9830
for a replacement - at no cost to the family.
||Providing free eye examinations and glasses to
||Eligible children receive vouchers for their
community optometrist or a mobile eye care clinic visits the child’s
Click here to read testimonials about our Heiken Program from school
Heiken Children’s Vision Program Serves as a Model for Other States
Heiken Children's Vision Program has developed a Best Practices approach
for the delivery of eye care to uninsured schoolchildren over the past 24
years as documented in Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric
Association, January, 2012. To read the full text of this article,
poor vision cannot see the board or do close work and fall behind in
class. Our objective is to provide comprehensive eye health services
including vision examinations, eyeglasses and vision training for
students, thus meeting the goal for vision established in National Eye
Institute, National Institutes of Health, Healthy Vision/Healthy People
2010 initiative. Our Heiken Program has received two Healthy
Vision/Healthy People awards from NEI.
The goal of the Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program is to assure that all financially disadvantaged schoolchildren who fail their vision screening have access to a comprehensive eye examination including dilation and glasses, if required, to ensure academic success. Following the Florida Statute which sets standards of care, the Program provides an eye examination with dilation so that underlying medical conditions can be diagnosed and appropriate medical referrals made. Glasses are prescribed if required. These free services are offered statewide either on-site at schools via four mobile eye clinics or by our network of over 1,200 participating optometrists. Of 11,146 low-income schoolchildren receiving a comprehensive eye exam during the 2016-2017 school year, 668 were referred for medical intervention for retinal tears, glaucoma and other eye abnormalities; 8,196 children received prescription glasses. Approximately 84% of all children examined require and receive prescription eyeglasses, confirming the importance of a follow-up eye exam after a student fails the state-mandated vision screening.
these services important?
research by the American Optometric Association, vision problems in
children and teenagers may contribute to poor school performance, behavior
issues and delinquency. AOA research shows that 1-in-4 children has vision
problems; literacy can be improved with early intervention. With
corrective lenses, children are able to read their assignments, see the
board, and learn to their fullest potential. Their prospects for
succeeding in school improve immeasurably.
Of the 1,400
families contacted in our recent Heiken Children’s Vision Program market
research survey, underwritten by the Health Foundation of South Florida,
74% of the respondents reported that their child had improved academically
because of the services provided by our Program.
How is the
Florida Department of Health funds with funding from other entities such
as the Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, The Children’s Trust, the Miami
Foundation, other private foundations and individual donors enables our
Heiken Program to provide eye care for the growing number of children who
need our services each year..
the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program
Children’s Vision Fund was created in 1992 by the Dade County Optometric
Association, and merged with the Miami Lighthouse in 2007. In 2010, the
Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program, LLC, a division of Miami
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc., was registered with
the State of Florida, expanding vision health services to low-income
oversight of the program is provided by the President, Secretary and
Treasurer of the LLC; oversight of the program is provided by the Florida
Heiken Children's Vision Program Advisory Committee comprised of
optometrists, ophthalmologists and representatives from foundations and
Click here to view the roster of Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program
Advisory Committee members.
Lighthouse ranks among the elite 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eight
consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier
independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our
sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial
For additional information at
305-856-9830 or 1-888-996-9847.
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and
Visually Impaired Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program is partially funded by
The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of
revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children
and families in Miami-Dade County.
Miami Lighthouse Wins South Florida Business Journal
Excellence In Health Care - Community Outreach Award
Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida
Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community
Outreach category at an award ceremony October 6.
Click here for press release.
School Board Member Raquel Regalado thanks
the Heiken Children's Vision Program
School Board Member Raquel Regalado thanks Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
and the Heiken Children's Vision Program that enables uninsured,
financially disadvantaged children in Miami-Dade County to receive free
comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses at no cost. Filmed at the
Miami Lighthouse 80th Ruby Jubilee Dinner Concert at the Biltmore Hotel.
Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program
by Miami-Dade County School Board
A proclamation recognizing the Miami Lighthouse Heiken
Children's Vision Program for distinguished services to county
schoolchildren was presented at the April 14th, 2010 meeting of the
Miami-Dade County School Board.
Click here to read the School Board
Click here to read a letter of
appreciation from Miami-Dade County Public Schools Assistant
Superintendent, Ava G. Byrne.
Heiken Children’s Vision Program
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Links of Interest:
American Optometric Association (www.aoa.org)
Florida Optometric Association (www.floridaeyes.org)
Health Foundation of South Florida (www.hfsf.org)
Healthy Vision/Healthy People 2010 (www.healthyvision2010.org)
National Eye Institute (www.nei.nih.gov)
The Children’s Trust (www.thechildrenstrust.org)