We recently wrapped our Houston U.S. clinic, the first of 2019, with over 1,000 patients served and 850 pieces of eye wear produced. In partnering with the Houston Health and Human Services for their “See to Succeed” project, a safety-net vision program that provides eye care to those without access to optometry services, we were able to help some of Houston’s most underprivileged youth.
Our support included refining the clinic process in an effort to reduce time between patient exams and eye wear dispense. Previously, students would wait 21 days to receive their glasses. When we stepped in, wait time dropped to just 1 day.
OneSight volunteer, and LensCrafters Optician, Shelbi, recalls a particularly rewarding experience,
“I was not sure what to expect, being my first mission, but I went into the week with an open mind and one goal: to help those in need. Little did I know, I would be the one who left better than I arrived.
One day, while out on a dispense route, I was able to dispense glasses to a young man around the age of thirteen. His prescription was roughly a minus seven total power and I cautioned him that the glasses, being his first pair, may seem over powering at first. The young man put his glasses on and looked around the room smiling as he was able to make out objects in the distance. He then put his head in his hands and began to cry. I asked him if everything was okay and he said “I will finally be able to see my mom again”. His words brought tears to my eyes at the realization of how different his world was without glasses. The gift of sight is truly amazing and something that everyone deserves. I am beyond thankful to OneSight for allowing me to attend the Houston Clinic and leave an impact on the community.”
OneSight’s David Drozdz, Houston program manager, shared Shelbi’s sentiments,
I can’t imagine the concept of not seeing one of the most important people in your life. Ever! Makes me feel blessed to be able to do what we do.”