‘Eyecare 4 Kids’ aims to help children in need see for free

Posted at 5:04 PM, Nov 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-12 19:04:41-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- It is estimated that 50,000 children in Utah are dealing with sight-related learning difficulties but have families who can't afford eye care, and a new foundation is working to help those children see more clearly.

Optician Joseph Carbone spent 25 years building a successful eye care center in Salt Lake City, and now he is working on a foundation that provides under-privileged children with free eye care and glasses.

Eyecare 4 Kids has already provided glasses for nearly 100,000 young people, and they use mobile units to visit schools, churches, Native American reservations and other places. At each stop, between 25 and 30 kids are usually found to be in need of glasses and the group works to provide them with eye care and glasses.

The foundation has been featured by several major television networks, and next Thursday Joseph Carbone will appear on the Doctor Oz show to discuss his work. Tune in to FOX 13 on Thursday at 10 a.m. for the segment.

FOX 13 News' Dave Nemeth spoke with Carbone this week, see the video above for Dave's report.

Click here to visit Eyecare 4 Kids' website.