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posted: 8/18/2016 5:28 PM

Free eye exams, glasses for kids in Ela Township youth program

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  • Sire McNeil, 11, and his dad, James McNeil, of Lake Zurich, check out the frames at Lumen Optical in Kildeer. The store recently gave children in Ela Township's Shooting Stars summer program free eye exams and glasses before they head back to school.

    Sire McNeil, 11, and his dad, James McNeil, of Lake Zurich, check out the frames at Lumen Optical in Kildeer. The store recently gave children in Ela Township's Shooting Stars summer program free eye exams and glasses before they head back to school.
    Courtesy of Ela Township

  • Dominik Mazurek, 13, of Lake Zurich, gets a free eye exam from Lumen Optical in Kildeer.

    Dominik Mazurek, 13, of Lake Zurich, gets a free eye exam from Lumen Optical in Kildeer.
    Courtesy of Ela Township

 
Ela Township submission

Starting the new school year without being able to see properly can set a student up for failure.

"You need to see well to do well," said optometrist Rabia Awan, of Lumen Optical in Kildeer.

The store recently welcomed more than 20 children from Ela Township's Shooting Stars summer program to give them free eye exams and new glasses so they can get off to a great start when school resumes Aug. 25.

"I think it's wonderful because it's one of the hardest things for the children to get, and they get broken all the time," said Alexandria Tonigan, Ela Township Youth Director. "We've had some kids waiting almost year to get their glasses from the state and they're getting them in a less than a week from Lumen Optical."

Philanthropy is important to Lumen Optical, which opened last March.

"We really wanted to get in with the community and help kids who were in need of glasses," said Markasa Sartor, store manager. "There's no cost for the exams or glasses."

After their eye exam, children who needed prescription glasses had the opportunity to choose from 37 frames. The polycarbonate lenses are scratch resistant and have an anti-glare coating.

Andy Mazurek said his 13-year-old grandson, Dominik, had not had a new pair of glasses in about a year, and the ones he had no longer fit properly.

"I think it's great," he said of the back-to-school eye exam.

Ela Township's Youth Program offers a variety of activities in a safe, supervised setting, including the after school program Thrive After Three. Registration is being accepted for the new school year.

Learn more at www.elatownship.org/youth-programs.

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