NEW YORK—Modo has announced it has helped more than 1.3 million children through its social purpose program Buy a Frame – Help a Child See, which is in partnership with Seva Foundation. Modo and Seva Foundation created this program in 2016. Each Modo frame purchased helps fund the screening process and follow-up care for children worldwide who cannot access the eyecare they need. The comprehensive program begins with ophthalmic nurses visiting schools to screen all students and take visual acuity measurements; students whose vision indicates impairment or blindness are listed for secondary examinations.

Secondary exams are completed through optometrists and refraction nurses at partner hospitals. Children who need it receive free prescription eyewear and any children diagnosed with other eye diseases are referred to the partner hospital for free treatment.

In addition to these exams and treatment, the program also trains teachers, students and students’ families in general eye health and eyecare. Seva Foundation partners develop long-term programs with the schools to allow for annual student screenings, referrals for treatment and to monitor the utilization of glasses.

Alessandro Lanaro, Modo CEO, said, “My time in India visiting schools in underprivileged areas gave me a firsthand look at how Modo can help the children who need it most. With Seva Foundation’s partnership, our Buy a Frame – Help a Child See program will give the next generation in need the opportunity to succeed.”