8th annual 'Give Kids Sight Day' looked to help children struggling with vision

Hadas Kuznits
November 17, 2018 - 10:29 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Saturday was "Give Kids Sight Day" at Wills Eye Hospital.

Fourteen-year-old McKayla Smith gave her mom the school flyer about "Give Kids Sight Day" because she couldn't see.

"I had glasses, but they broke," she said.

Colleen McCauley is the coordinator of this event at Wills Eye Hospital.

"For Give Kids Sight Day, we see about 1,200 kids every year and every year half of them get glasses," she explained.

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"It was hard because I couldn't see anything," McKayla said.

But McKayla says she was happy to do it because those eye issues impact her schoolwork.

"I have to sit in the front of the classroom to see the board," she said.

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McKayla's mom, Tamika says once her daughter gave her the flyer she knew she should attend.

"I figured I should come and do this because I have five children that need glasses and it gets pretty expensive," she said.

But that's not all they're doing at Give Kids Sight Day. 

McCauley says they're also helping families sign up their children for free health insurance, which includes free vision care.

"So we're here to make sure they know that it's available," McCauley added.