Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative

Helping children see the possibilities

An E.Y.E. team member uses a device for vision screening at a grade school.The Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative of Phillips Eye Institute - a campus of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, provides vision screenings and subsequent treatment services to children in Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools.

Vision screening is an efficient and economical method for detecting unknown vision problems. Children are not always aware that they have a vision problem. Routine screening helps to remove poor vision as a roadblock to school performance and success in other areas of daily life.

In addition to providing vision screening services for children in kindergarten, first, third, fifth and seventh grades, E.Y.E. works with families to identify and remove barriers to receiving treatment. This includes coordinating and funding vision care, along with providing interpreters and transportation for vision care needs for students in pre-kindergarten through the start of ninth grade.

The program serves more than 27,000 students annually.

How you can help


Volunteers are needed to help with vision screening in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools. Volunteer tests a child's vision during E.Y.E. vision screening at a public schoolVolunteers must be 16 years old and older. All training is provided and volunteer options are flexible. Volunteer teams are also welcome. If you are interested,please complete our volunteer application form. For more information, call 612-775-8964 or email eye@allina.com.


Donations help the E.Y.E. Community Initiative provide vision screenings and follow-up care when needed.