Free Eye Exams for Third Graders that Do NOT Pass the Reading Gate Test

The Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA) and the Mississippi Vision Foundation (MVF) are partnering for the fourth year to provide eye exams at no cost to Mississippi 3rd grade students who do not pass the state reading test and do not have insurance coverage. The exams are offered through July 1, 2018. Previous years’ results have found that 88% of the students who received eye exams needed some form of visual intervention.

For students who are covered through private insurance, applicable co-pays may apply due to laws that require the doctor to collect this amount. All children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, will be seen by optometrists participating in the program. The MVF, working with industry partners, will cover the costs for any student who needs an exam. Additionally, industry partners are working with Mississippi ODs to provide glasses free of charge to any student whose eye test reveals the need for corrective lenses.

To take advantage of the free vision test, parents of eligible third graders should visit or call 601.572.0845 to locate a participating optometrist. When making the appointment, parents should tell the receptionist they are scheduling the third grade eye appointment. They should bring the letter notifying them that their child did not pass the assessment test with them to the appointment.