Together we will create a future where opportunities will be enhanced for all by eliminating vision problems.

To eliminate amblyopia (lazy eye) from North Dakota Children

Among children younger than 6 years, 1% to 6% have amblyopia or its risk factors (strabismus, anisometropia, or both). Early identification of vision abnormalities could prevent the development of amblyopia.

By August 15, 2020 at least 50% of North Dakotan children entering kindergarten will have received a professional eye exam.

Why Vision Matters

  • Vision problems affect 70% of juvenile delinquents

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  • 80% of kid's learning ability relies on vision

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  • 1 in 4 kids starting kindergarten have vision problems

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People with severe vision impairment are more likely to have

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    Diabetes

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    Arthritis

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    Mobilitiy Issues

People with severe vision impairment are more likely to have

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    Diabetes

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    Arthritis

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    Mobilitiy Issues

We will enhance opportunities for all by eliminating vision problems

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The Optometric Foundation
of North Dakota

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit guided by Optometrists from across North Dakota and run by a new Executive Director, Mike Little.  The Foundation has a bold vision: By August, 2020 at least 50% of North Dakota children-in-need entering kindergarten will have the opportunity to receive a professional eye exam.  

Early detection of conditions such as lazy eye is important for effective treatment. We want to ensure that families who meet income guidelines, will receive FREE comprehensive eye exams for their pre-kindergarten kids.   

"Together we will create a future where opportunities will be enhanced for all by eliminating vision problems,"-  Executive Director Mike Little.

Current Foundation-sponsored programs Include:

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Grants & Donations

We provide grants and donations for children in need. Applications due annually on the 1st of October

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Think About Your Eyes

This important public awareness campaign is brought to you by the generous support of these 20 organizations, 45 state associations and over 22,000 eyecare professionals listed on the Think About Your Eyesdoctor locator.

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Comprehensive

Eye Exams

The Optometric Foundation of North Dakota is a state-wide nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by improving sight.  Our team of ND Optometrists and partners from across ND are crafting a new program to provide free eye exams to children entering kindergarten.

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InfantSee

InfantSEE®, a public health program, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life.

Let's give our kids opportunities
by eliminating vision problems