ALBANY, New York--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--During the next few days, more than 100 Albany-area students will receive comprehensive vision exams and new eyewear free of charge at a Vision Van Clinic thanks to a collaboration between Empire BlueCross 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 has 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 has 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 Van Clinics enable us to provide high quality exams and eyewear to those that need it most. We appreciate our collaboration with Empire BlueCross Foundation whose generous grant makes it possible to help thousands of students see and learn better.”
Since 1996, OneSight Vision Clinics have provided eye exams and new glasses to nearly 30,000 children across New York. During its upcoming visit, OneSight doctors will provide care to 140 students during the two-day Clinic supported by Empire BlueCross Foundation volunteers.
Known as “Eyeleen,” OneSight’s Vision Van is a 40-foot mobile optical facility with state-of-the-art exam and lab equipment. Patients receive comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses manufactured on site. Before each Clinic, volunteers work with local community organizations to identify and schedule students in need of the Vision Van’s services.
Tuesday, September 17, has been designated “Empire BlueCross Foundation Day” as several employees will volunteer their time helping students through the exam process with OneSight doctors.
“We are honored to support Albany-area students through our sponsorship of the Vision Van Clinic,” said Ethel Graber, vice president and general manager of Empire BlueCross. “Vision is critical to learning and we’re proud of the part we are playing to help ensure all students have the access to vision care.”
Working alongside Empire volunteers are local doctors and associates of Luxottica retail brands, including LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical and ILORI.
Note: Vision Van services are scheduled through local community partners; walk-in appointments are not available.
The need for vision care is staggering — 733 million adults and children worldwide suffer from vision loss. For 563 million, a pair of glasses would restore their vision. OneSight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to solving this global crisis by providing sustainable access to quality vision care, eyewear and sun protection to those in need around the world. Since 1988, OneSight has helped more than eight million people and has granted more than $7 million to fund optical research and education.
Luxottica is proud to be the founding global sponsor of OneSight. Luxottica-affiliated doctors, independent doctors, employees and community partners come together to volunteer their professional skills and expertise to give back to those in need by helping deliver OneSight’s charitable programs. www.onesight.org.
About Empire BlueCross Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Empire BlueCross Foundation trade names of the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation L.L.C., independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, serving residents and businesses in 11 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State, promotes Empire’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Empire serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges.