Infant Welfare Society of Chicago has made vision health a priority. The IWS Optometry Program is designed to improve children’s eye health by increasing access to vital exams and eyeglasses, improving the optometry services available in the community for children with vision impairments and those on the autism spectrum, and educating parents on the importance of having regular eye exams.

Our program serves patients from 6 months to 18 years old, and provides regular eye exams and prescriptions for free or low-cost glasses. Infant Welfare sources glasses and other corrective vision materials at competitive prices and maintains many relationships with local eye care stores and manufacturers.

In addition, special techniques have recently been introduced to make eye exams more efficient for children with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

Testing children’s vision as early as possible is crucial to healthy child development. According to the National Commission on Vision and Health, one in four school-age children suffer from vision problems that could have been treated if the child had been properly examined upon entering school.