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Glazer Vision Foundation: Providing Clear Vision for Success for Every Child

“With the gift of vision, anything is possible.” –Malcolm Glazer

These eight powerful words spoken by Malcolm Glazer, late patriarch of the Glazer family, speak a truth that research has proven: Clear vision plays a vital role in a child’s education and success in life.

Healthy vision was personal for Malcolm Glazer, who attributed his own success in life to the first pair of glasses he received as a child. Addressing the vision crisis has become the family’s mission. The Glazer Vision Foundation was born more than 15 years ago to ensure that every child has access to an eye exam and glasses if needed.

It’s estimated as many as one in four children has a vision impairment and one in five cannot afford an eye exam. For the Glazer family, that’s one child too many. Healthy vision was personal for Glazer, who attributed his own success in life to the first pair of glasses he received as a child. Addressing vision struggles among children became the mission of the Glazer Vision Foundation, which was created more than 15 years ago to ensure that every child has access to an eye exam and glasses if needed.

As we recognize Healthy Vision Month in May, it serves as a reminder to families to schedule a comprehensive eye exam not only for their children, but themselves. To get involved in this important mission—and have fun while you’re doing it—check out how you can play with filters and post a selfie to help someone see better

To date, the Glazer Vision Foundation has provided 100,000+ eye screenings & 20,000+ glasses to local children.

Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Mobile Vision Clinic:

The Glazer Vision Foundation’s Mobile Vision Clinic brings doctors and nurses to kids in our community and has made visits to 60 Title 1 schools. The children receive an eye screen­ing and exam if needed. Even better, the on-board lens lab puts a pair of glasses right into the hands of children before they head home for the day – all at no charge. Pretty cool.

Art for Good:

The Tampa Bay community loves and embraces art, which is why the Glazer Vision Foundation is using this visual medium to help raise awareness about the vision issues impacting chil­dren that often go undetected. But it’s not just artwork to see… it’s art to experience and share.

Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Super-Sized Glasses and Mural:

You may have seen colorful, larger-than-life glasses popping up all around town. They’ll be at the Florida Aquarium through May 14 and then at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay from May 14 to June 4. If you spot them, take a moment to snap a selfie and share on social media with #OneShareOnePair and tag @glazervisionfdn, and the foundation will provide a child with a free eye exam and glasses!

You can do the same at the Glasses for all Children mural at Armature Works. The Insta-worthy mural greets you as you walk to the building from the parking lot. Stay tuned, because another mural is in the works in St. Pete.

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Glasses for all Children mural at Armature Works – Photo By Tori Richman/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Want to share right now? There’s a filter for that.

Who doesn’t love a really cool filter? We know kids do! Head over to @glazervisionfdn and tap on the smiley face icon to try the filter that will give you a selection of cool glasses and colors to choose from. Our editor Laura Byrne gave it a try! Be sure to share with #OneShareOnePair and tag @glazervisionfdn and, just like with the other pics, they’ll provide a child with a free eye exam and glasses.

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Originally published in May 2021

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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