Re-Open Optometry with Low Cost Eye Exams / Glasses + Reinstate Optometrist at Sac State

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In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Online Distance Learning, Sacramento State University has closed down the Optometry Department and laid off the Optometrist, which offered low cost eye exams ($20 exam) and glasses (average $79) / contact lenses for students. 

In less than 3 years, over 5000 students were examined and treated, most of whom are People of Color, First Generation, and economically disadvantaged students without insurance.

Online Distance Learning due to COVID-19 has significantly impacted all students, and increased the need for eye exams, and access to glasses and contact lenses. There is an increase of: 

  • Blurry Vision
  • Eye Strain
  • Headaches
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Dry Eyes

Other medical eye conditions that were treated included:

  • Foreign object removal
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Trauma
  • Blinding Diseases like Diabetes, Glaucoma

Governor Newsom has declared Optometry to be an "Essential Service" during COVID-19, but Sacramento State has not allowed the Optometry Department to be Open, and instead, Closed it down. This hurts All Students, but especially People of Color, who overwhelmingly are affected by potentially blinding eye diseases, such as Diabetes, Glaucoma, High Blood Pressure. 

Research studies show that convenient access to low cost vision services is directly linked to Learning Success and Bridging the Achievement Gap amongst economically disadvantaged students.

Vision is a health strategic priority to help close the achievement gap

Enrollment is at an All-Time High. Sacramento State spent Millions of dollars $$$$ to EXPAND The WELL building (Student Health and Counseling building), but are now providing LESS services, while students continue to pay HEALTH FEES. CSU is currently in a class action lawsuit for reducing services to the students but not reducing tuition fees.  CSU and UC systems face lawsuit for nonrefunded students fees

Sacramento State and its administration claim to be Anti-Racist and Inclusive with their Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, but this is NOT CONSISTENT with the elimination of the Optometry Department, that services so many People of Color.  Sacramento State is sabotaging the tools needed to achieve Learning Success, Bridge the Achievement Gap, and improve the Graduation rate.

Sign this petition to Reverse This Injustice! Let your voice be heard that we demand that Sacramento State Open up the Optometry Department, so that All Students, especially People of Color, First Generation Students, and economically disadvantaged students get Equal Access to excellent vision and Learning Success!