Innovative Children’s Traveling Vision Program Celebrates Five Years

Vision disorders represent the single most chronic, disabling and treatable childhood condition across the county. See to Succeed is a local school-based initiative that provides comprehensive, dilated eye exams and corrective eyeglasses to Grand Rapids’ most vulnerable children. This innovative traveling school program, directed by Peggy Betzinger is part of the Cherry Health School Linked Program which was modeled after 25 successful years of the School Dental Program and is the first of it’s kind in Michigan, continuing to grow over the last five years. Under the clinical direction of Dr. Renee Mika, OD, over 14,000 eye exams have been provided with over 4,000 pairs of glasses distributed. Since vision and eye health can impact a student’s mental, emotional, physical and academic development for a life time, See to Succeed increases access to comprehensive eye care by creating a sustainable eye and vision health care home within a child’s school.

“Thank you for the glasses you gave me. I appreciate that I can see clear again. Every single person in Grand Rapids is thankful for you helping us see the world better. And that’s what makes you guys special.” These words were written by a young student in Kent County after the Cherry Health See to Succeed program visited his school.

See to Succeed is proud to celebrate five years of serving one of our most vulnerable populations, children, in over 40 Kent County schools with comprehensive eye care. We look forward to serving children in need of vision services for many years to come!