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Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability among children in the United States and the leading cause of impaired conditions in childhood.

Since 80% of learning depends on the visual system, students with uncorrected vision problems are at a tremendous disadvantage in developing the assets critical to healthy development. It is estimated that 1 out of 4 school-age children have undiagnosed vision problems significant enough to affect their performance in school and in life. Research, (and Florida's Vision Quest data), shows that in at-risk populations, such as children born into poverty, this percentage is likely to be much higher. These children are not complaining as this is the only world they know. A fifth grader recently lamented "I could never understand why the teacher spent so much time writing on the chalkboard when no one can see it!"

Several studies have linked uncorrected vision problems with juvenile delinquency. Vision problems can result in skill deficiencies, difficulty in reading and learning and poor academic performance — which in turn, creates feelings of failure, low self esteem and lack of interest in school. Among juvenile offenders, it is estimated that 7 out of 10 have undiagnosed vision problems.

Florida's Vision Quest (FVQ) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that attacks one of the root causes of social and academic failure – poor vision. Since the inception of the Vision Quest program in 1994, it has been the mission of Florida's Vision Quest to ensure the academic and social success of Florida's most vulnerable children by providing free vision exams and quality new glasses for those challenged with poor vision.

A simple pair of eyeglasses can allow a child to change F's and D's to A's and B's. A simple pair of eyeglasses can help a child to see the chalkboard and text, and even the food on their plate. And for some students, a simple pair of glasses can mean the difference between dropping out of school and a graduation diploma.