“Exam week” takes on new meaning for 100+ local students who will receive free eye exams and new glasses onboard OneSight’s Vision Van when it parks at two schools in Salt Lake City March 11-13. The clinic marks the launch of a new partnership between Salt Lake City- based glasses.com and OneSight, a global vision care nonprofit that has helped 8.5 million people since 1988 including 1 million students in the United States.
Pre-screened students from the Salt Lake City School District will receive comprehensive eye exams onboard EyeLeen, OneSight’s state-of-the-art mobile vision center and optical lab. Local doctors, technicians and teams from LensCrafters, EyeMed, glasses.com, Oakley, Sunglass Hut, Target Optical and other community partners will volunteer their services to support area children. The Clinic team will manufacture the majority of prescriptions onsite working with experts from the glasses.com lab in Salt Lake City which uses a unique, advanced technique to make highly accurate lenses in less time while being environmentally friendly. Students who visit the Vision Van will immediately receive the quality glasses they need to see and learn their best.
“We’ve been committed to giving back in our own backyard since starting our business here in Draper,” says John Graham, Senior Vice President & GM of glasses.com. “Glasses.com believes everyone should have access to high-quality vision care and glasses they love. We’re proud to support OneSight’s Vision Van Clinic in Salt Lake City as part of our commitment to support OneSight programming in underserved communities across the U.S. and worldwide.”
According to the American Optometric Association, 80 percent of what children learn is visual, yet one out of four students has an undiagnosed vision problem. “Children who see better, learn better and OneSight provides quality eye exams and glasses to those who need it most,” said Lukas Ruecker, President of EyeMed Vision Care, presenting sponsor of OneSight’s 2014 Vision Van program. “We are deeply honored to work with Salt Lake City schools and community partners to help hundreds of underserved students see better and live a healthier life.”
In addition to Salt Lake City, OneSight’s 2014 Vision Van program will serve students across 15 states including California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.