Community Eye Care
Volunteers from the OneSight Foundation help disadvantages people in local communities in North America and Asia Pacific with Retail/in-store programs and various other programs specifically designed to aid the needy in countries like China and The Gambia and in the poorest schools in the United States.
In addition to the clinics in Australia, India, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and the United States, OneSight has launched several new strategic initiatives. For example, OneSight has sustained a project in Chile in collaboration with GMO and SOCHIOF to assist people affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
OneSight is also leading development of sustainable vision care models that will allow millions of underprivileged people to get affordable, high quality eye care. Local volunteers from the OneSight Foundation help the needy in local communities in North America and Asia Pacific with Retail/in-store programs and various aid programs for people in difficulty.
Throughout the year, volunteer doctors and Luxottica employees supply free prescription eyeglasses inside Luxottica Retail stores in North America and Asia Pacifico. All recipients of the mission are pre-selected from various local charities, based on their visual and financial difficulties. Luxottica also encourages its own customers to contribute to OneSight by donating money or gently used eyewear to people in need.
In collaboration with Sightsavers International, OneSight has built a permanent eye care center and laboratory in The Gambia, a small West African country. Before their arrival, there had been one single optometrist to serve the needs of 1.8 million people. Today, OneSight offers daily assistance to patients and aids the training of local eye care professionals and laboratory technicians in order to develop local resources who can offer eye care services for thousands of people.
The “Seeing is Learning” study in China
One of OneSight’s pillars of sustainability is the necessity to reduce the gap that exists between vision care for people who live in disadvantaged communities with limited resources. OneSight collaborates with the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) run by Stanford University to launch the “Seeing is Learning” study in China.
In this program, 20,000 school-aged children will be screened and tested to see if they need to wear glasses. Each student who needs a pair of glasses will receive one. The kids will be checked for a period of two years in order to study the effects of glasses on their academic performance. Based on results of the study, the REAP will advocate for the inclusion of expanded quality vision care in rural China.
School based model
Students who see better, learn better. However, one in four students has been diagnosed with a vision problem. That’s why OneSight is piloting a new vision care model for school-aged children in one of the most impoverished schools in the United States.
The OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School is the first self-sustaining school-based vision care program in the US. Located within a school environment, this full-service vision center will provide 3,000 students with access to comprehensive eye exams, glasses, fittings and annual adjustments. OneSight is working with the American Optometric Association to evaluate expansion potential of this new model to address the severe gap in vision care for students in underprivileged communities.