We created Clear Days Ahead to bridge the gap between good vision and improved school performance for the children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. Along with our partners, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and MTEA (Milwaukee Teachers Education Association), we provide vision screening and eyeglasses to students who don’t pass their initial screening. Since we started the program in 2010, we have visited 12 schools, provided 2,800 screenings to children in need, 820 pairs of eyeglasses (valued at $270 per pair) with the total value of eye wear provided being around $200,000.

“The responses by kids are like ‘ah-ha, wow! I can read that over there,’ and the teachers say the same after a couple of weeks. They say, yeah, the child is really participating more in the classroom,” Bob Peterson, President MTEA.

An inside look into our Clear Days Ahead Program and the importance of childhood vision screenings.


Children often don’t know they have a vision problem. Signs that your child might be struggling with their eyesight include:

Frequent eye rubbing or blinking

Short attention span

Avoiding reading and other close activities

Frequent headaches

Covering one eye

Tilting the head to one side

Holding reading materials close to the face

An eye turning in or out

Seeing double

Losing place when reading

Difficulty remembering what he or she read