OneSight, a public nonprofit organization that provides sustainable access to quality vision care and eyewear in underserved communities worldwide, and Detroit Public Schools are collaborating to provide free eye care and eyewear to local students in need.
Since 1996, OneSight has provided eye exams and new glasses to more than 23,000 students in Detroit.
During OneSight’s most recent five-day Vision Clinic held in Detroit Nov. 18-22, Luxottica associates, affiliated doctors and local volunteers provided care to 300 students daily from Detroit Public Schools. More than 1,500 DPS students total received comprehensive vision exams and new eyewear free of charge during the week-long visit.
Other partners included the Verizon Foundation, which provided a $15,000 grant to help expand the outreach of the clinic to Detroit Public Schools students, and Ford Land who generously donated the facility space for the clinic.
“We believe that by working together, we can eradicate the vision crisis in our lifetime,” said Dr. Jason Singh, O.D., and OneSight Executive Director. “We want all children to see their future and could not provide access to quality vision care without partners like Detroit Public Schools.”
Students received eye exams and prescription glasses manufactured onsite through OneSight’s production vehicle known as “EyeVan” – a complete manufacturing facility on wheels. OneSight works with Detroit Public Schools to identify and schedule students in need of vision care services before each Clinic.
“We know that children who see better learn better, but unfortunately there is a vision care gap for many of our students,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. “We are so thankful for the support and longstanding partnership with OneSight, who makes it possible for these students to have access to an eye exam and glasses. This directly impacts their academic achievement and ability to perform in school.”
Employees from both Verizon and Ford Land volunteered their time to help students through the exam process in partnership with OneSight volunteers and doctors.
“Verizon is focused on seeking ways to address the most critical societal issues, and we are proud to support Detroit Public Schools students through the OneSight Vision Clinic to help those in need, in the communities where we work and live, to meet the promise of a better tomorrow,” said John Granby, president, Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “Our employees are committed to giving back in the local community and look forward to helping students see their future.”
Working alongside Verizon and Ford Land volunteers were local doctors and associates of Luxottica retail brands, including LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical and ILORI.
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 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 Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents, including Individualized Learning Maps for all students. New this year, arts/music and sports leagues for boys and girls are being offered at every elementary/middle school. Prekindergarten offerings have been expanded to 70 schools across the district for all qualified 4-year-olds. Twenty-one schools are now open as Community Schools, offering extended hours and services. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6 and up have access to Netbooks in school. An outstanding Fine Arts program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include eight parent resource centers, Parent University and additional parenting programs, enhanced safety initiatives, a district-wide Customer Service focus, nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2013, DPS graduates earned more than $146 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit http://www.detroitk12.org or call 313-240-4DPS.
About Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/verizongiving)