1,700 Pasadena ISD students receive free eye exams, glasses at ‘See to Succeed'
12.11.2018 | By Andrea Vasquez
HOUSTON – More than 1,700 Pasadena ISD students visited the San Jacinto College Central Campus for the annual See to Succeed event on Nov. 28.
Now in its eighth year, the annual event recruits an average of 150 doctors to volunteer alongside opticians, health department staff, and San Jacinto College eye care technology and nursing students to deliver eye exams and tests, fit students for eyeglasses and make emergency medical referrals. See to Succeed is a collaborative effort among San Jacinto College, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), Essilor Vision Foundation, Walmart, Berkeley Eye Center, Optometry Giving Sight and the Luxottica One Sight Foundation.
“Each year, the impact this event has on students is incredible,” said Debra Clarke, San Jacinto College eye care technology program director. “On one hand, you’re able to see the young students’ faces light up when they finally get to select their glasses. It’s exciting to see the joy they get when they finally decide on the pair that suits them best. On the other hand, watching our eye care technology students put into practice everything they’ve been learning in this real-world situation is wonderful to see. They guide the younger students through the eye exam process and really see what it’s like to work with patients at that level. I know that all of the effort we and our partnering organizations put forth will continue to provide students with these lasting impacts on their educational and career goals.”
This year, See to Succeed saw 1,740 K-12 students from 65 Pasadena ISD schools. Of those, 1,618 needed eyewear, 229 required eyecare follow-ups, 53 needed general eye care medical referrals and 11 needed urgent eye care medical referrals.
To date, See to Succeed has reached 5,938 Pasadena ISD students from 218 schools with the help of 412 volunteers.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.