ATLANTA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--This week 1,500 Atlanta-area students will receive comprehensive vision exams and new eyewear free of charge at a OneSight® Vision Clinic thanks to a collaboration between the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation and OneSight®, a leading charity committed to eradicating the global vision crisis by providing sustainable access to quality vision care and eyewear in underserved communities worldwide.
“Eighty percent of what we learn is visual, yet one-in-four students in North America have an undetected vision problem”
The need for vision care among children is especially critical. According to the American Optometric Association, up to 94 percent of children with reading problems have reduced visual skills.
“Eighty percent of what we learn is visual, yet one-in-four students in North America have an undetected vision problem,” said Dr. Jason Singh, O.D., OneSight® executive director. “We believe every child deserves access to quality vision care. Our Vision Clinics enable us to provide high quality exams and eyewear to those that need it most. We appreciate our collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia whose generous grant makes it possible to help thousands of students see and learn better.”
Since 1996, OneSight® has provided eye exams and new glasses to nearly 7,500 children across Georgia during three annual Clinics. During its upcoming visit, OneSight® doctors will provide care to 300 students daily during the five-day Clinic supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) volunteers. The clinic is being held at Avondale High School in Avondale Estates from September 9 – 13.
Patients will receive comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses manufactured on site though OneSight’s® production vehicle known as “EyeVan” – a complete manufacturing facility on wheels. Before each Clinic, volunteers work with local community organizations to identify and schedule students in need of the vision care services.
“Supporting the children of the DeKalb County School District through our sponsorship of the Vision Clinic is a valuable way to encourage healthy living at a young age,” said Morgan Kendrick, president of BCBSGA. “Protecting and improving vision is a key to overall health, and being part of this clinic is an excellent way to demonstrate the value of preventative health care.”
Working alongside BCBSGA volunteers are local doctors and associates of Luxottica® retail brands, including LensCrafters®, Sunglass Hut®, Pearle Vision®, Sears Optical℠, Target Optical® and ILORI®.