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LOCAL CHILDREN RECEIVE LIVE-CHANGING VISION AIDS

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — February 16, 2017 - On Friday, February 10, seven local children with severe visual impairments received Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVMs) funded by the White-Wilson Community Foundation, in collaboration with Sight Savers America. Each recipient has visual impairments that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medical or surgical treatment. The high-tech, equipment was provided to these families at no cost and opens up a whole to world to these deserving children.

"We are excited to partner with Sight Savers America to host the I Can See Now vision clinic again this year," said White-Wilson Community Foundation Board President Dr. Jack Azzaretto. "Equipping these children with EVMs is a life-changing experience that we are proud to be part of."

An EVM will allow each child to make the most of their remaining vision. EVMs will open the world to these children by allowing them to magnify images up to 131 times, allowing them to see their mother's face for the first time, groom themselves, read, write, complete schoolwork independently, and so much more with less eye fatigue and back and neck strain.

 
 



About the White-Wilson Community Foundation:
The White-Wilson Community Foundation was formed in 2012 to help improve health care in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties through service and education. The Foundation believes it is important to educate the community on the importance of preventive health care and to support organizations and charities in the community that provide health services to individuals in need. For more information, please visit whitewilsoncommunityfoundation.org.

About Sight Savers America:
Sight Savers America (www.sightsaversamerica.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to identify and secure treatment for unmet vision and health needs that impede a child's ability to reach their full potential in school and in life. The Sight Savers America low vision program identifies children with severe visual impairment and provides FREE life-changing assistive technology for their homes and the necessary training to enhance their vision. Sight Savers America received the 2012 American Optometric Association's "Distinguished Service Award" for outstanding service and dedication to the visual welfare of the public and for contributions to the advancement of vision rehabilitation care.