1,000 Employees from Luxottica Retail North America HQ provide vision screenings in 100+ local schools ensuring all Cincinnati students have access to quality vision care
Cincinnati – According to the American Optometric Association, one out of four children in the U.S. has an undiagnosed vision problem signaling a vision care crisis that is affecting students’ ability to see and learn. Because 80% of learning is visual, the Centers for Disease Control has identified vision disorders as the single most prevalent disabling condition among children in the United States.
Greater Cincinnati employees of Luxottica Retail’s North American headquarters in Mason are responding to this need by volunteering their time and expertise to conduct vision screenings for 30,000 students in 100+ Cincinnati schools in partnership with OneSight.
OneSight is a nonprofit organization committed to providing sustainable access to quality vision care and eyewear in underserved communities globally. Luxottica employees volunteer to help staff OneSight’s charitable and sustainable vision care programs in Cincinnati and around the world.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to excel and clear vision empowers students to perform up to twice as well in school,” said Mony Iyer, Sr. Director of Strategy at OneSight. “The importance of a vision screening at the start of the school year shouldn’t be underestimated. By ensuring students are able to see clearly we are able remove a possible barrier to students reaching their full potential.
Teams of trained Luxottica volunteers will perform required vision screenings for all Cincinnati Public Schools students now through September 30th.
“OneSight programs provide an opportunity for our employees to use their skills to give back locally and globally,” said Judy Fimiani, Luxottica VP of Talent and Diversity. “The commitment that our employees have to helping the world see, both in our business and philanthropic efforts, is one of the unique elements of working at Luxottica.”
Luxottica employees have helped nearly 400,000 Tri-State students through OneSight’s Community Vision Care program since the program began in 1988.
Students with Failed Vision Screenings Referred to Local School-Based Vision Centers
As a result of the screenings, all students identified as having a vision problem and financial need will be referred to one of three school-based vision centers located in Hamilton and Butler Counties for a comprehensive eye exam and glasses. OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School serves students attending Cincinnati Public Schools, while the OneSight Vision Center at Fairfield City Schools [presented by Sears Optical] and the OneSight Vision Center at Hamilton School Based Health Center serves students living in Butler County.
Launched October 2012, the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School is the first self-sustaining school-based vision center in the U.S. The centers in Fairfield and Hamilton opened in January and March of 2016. Each center provides comprehensive eye exams, glasses, fittings and adjustments, medical eye care and vision therapy with an on-site Doctor of Optometry, ophthalmic technician, and optician.
Currently, OneSight school-based vision centers provide access to 100,000 students across Greater Cincinnati. With partnerships establishing in California, Nebraska, New York, and Ohio, OneSight plans to continue to expand this access across the U.S.
In addition to the three Cincinnati school-based vision centers, OneSight will host a vision care clinic for Tri-State students living outside the school districts served by the OneSight school-based vision centers during the 2016-17 school year.