Dec 2, 2019

New Eyes for Kentucky

Since the last report in September, New Eyes has provided an additional 38 Kentucky residents with new prescription eyeglasses thanks to donations made through GlobalGiving. The total number of low income Kentuckians helped through GlobalGiving donations is 157: 76 women, 55 men and 26 children. New Eyes worked directly with 13 social service agencies in Kentucky to provide their clients with the simple, yet critical, tool of eyeglasses. Seventy percent of the adults and all of the children's families were working poor; the remainder were either senior citizens on traditional Medicare or disabled adults. 

Traditional Medicare does not pay for eyeglasses for seniors. Medicaid does not pay for eyeglasses in Kentucky for adults and provides only one pair for a child per year (if the child's prescription changes or if they lose or break their eyeglasses they must wait a full year before they receive another pair). These recipients would not have been able to afford the glasses they need to see clearly and improve their lives. Because of the funding through Global Giving, these children can go to school prepared to succeed; adults will be able to find employment or improve job performance and senior citizens will be able to live more securely and independently, able to read medication labels, avoid falling hazards and move more freely. 

Links:

Sep 3, 2019

Eyeglasses for Struggling Kentucky Families

Kentucky resident with new eyeglasses
Kentucky resident with new eyeglasses

Thanks to the donations raised for this project, New Eyes has been able to provide 119 Kentucky residents in financial need with the simple, yet critiical, tool of eyeglasses.  New Eyes worked with a total of 10 social service agencies in Kentucky during this period, helping 60 women, 45 men and 14 children. Sixty-seven percent of the adults and all of the children's families were working poor; the remainder were either senior citizens on Medicare or disabled adults. 

Traditional Medicare does not pay for eyeglasses for seniors. Medicaid does not pay for eyeglasses in Kentucky for adults and provides only one pair for a child per year (if the child's prescription changes or if they lose or break their eyeglasses they must wait a full year before they receive another pair). These recipients would not have been able to afford the glasses they need to see clearly and improve their lives. Because of the funding through Global Giving, these children can go to school prepared to succeed; adults will be able to find employment or improve job performance and senior citizens will be able to live more securely and independently, able to read medication labels, avoid falling hazards and move more freely. 

Links:

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.