Luxottica Names Students for May 2018 OneSight Clinics in Mexico

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MASON, Ohio—Luxottica and OneSight jointly announced the optometric students who will participate this May in two OneSight clinics to Mexico. The trips are scheduled from May 5 to 12 and May 19 to 26 to Oaxaca and Puebla, respectively. Students completed an online application and essays for consideration. The American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) members were chosen using a variety of criteria. OneSight students represent 22 optometry schools across multiple graduation years.

Each year, OneSight volunteers travel to remote parts of the globe to provide care and services to populations that lack access to eyecare primarily due to high medical costs, travel and/or availability. This is the second year Luxottica and OneSight have provided students the opportunity to participate in a clinic.

On the OneSight trip, OD students will work under the supervision of Luxottica Retail affiliated doctors performing comprehensive eye exams. They will also help support a core team of Luxottica volunteers in the frame fitting, manufacturing and dispensing of new eyewear. For the optometry students selected, Luxottica Retail covers all expenses associated with the clinic, including air fare, accommodations and meals.

“The clinical aspect of a OneSight trip will be unparalleled to anything students may have experienced in the past,” said Dr. Ben Chudner, Luxottica Eye Care’s senior clinical director. OneSight organizers predict students will see more patients over the clinic week than they might during a year’s rotation.

“The large number of patients students will see and treat will showcase the enormity of the world vision crisis and show them the role they can play in helping eliminate it,” said Chudner who will be traveling to Mexico with students in May.
OneSight is a leading organization focused on bringing both sustainable and urgent vision care solutions to communities around the world. To date, OneSight has helped 16 million people in 46 countries see clearly. By 2020, OneSight will provide ongoing access to vision care to over 20 million people.

Here is a full list of the students selected to attend the clinic:

May 5 to 12: Oaxaca, Mexico
Nicole Akpunku, Illinois College of Optometry; Grace Anderson, Pacific University College of Optometry; Zainab Muhanna, University of Houston-College of Optometry; Jae DeBerry, Southern College of Optometry; Carrie DeWolfe, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University; Esther Ko, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Heath Sciences-School of Optometry; Nhi Nguyen, University of Houston-College of Optometry; David Pace, University of the Incarnate Word-Rosenberg School of Optometry; Cynthia Palma, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University; Jamie Pucci, Salus University Pennsylvania School of Optometry; Chet Ritter, Salus University Pennsylvania School of Optometry; Ambika Singh, University of Houston-College of Optometry; Reshma Thomas, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Heath Sciences-School of Optometry; Valerie Tran, University of California-Berkeley, School of Optometry; Lenna Walker, New England College of Optometry; Jeromica Ward, Southern College of Optometry; and Brittany Wolthuizen, Northeastern State University-Oklahoma College of Optometry.

May 19 to 26: Puebla, Mexico
Kandace Alfred, University of Missouri at St. Louis-College of Optometry; Mitch Anderson , Midwestern University-Arizona College of Optometry; Cassandra Breach, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Heath Sciences-School of Optometry; Carolyn Chakuroff, The Ohio State University-School of Optometry; Anthony Chavez, Indiana University College of Optometry; Jonathan Chen, University of Houston-College of Optometry; Joshua Dalley, Western University of Health Science-College of Optometry; Justin Gillette, The Ohio State University-School of Optometry; Jasmine Hayes, University of Missouri at St. Louis-College of Optometry; Kevin Hoang, Inter-American University Puerto Rico-Schools of Optometry; Rafi Igbalzada, University of Waterloo; Bryce Johnson, Southern College of Optometry; Krishna Patel, State University of New York-State College of Optometry; Lauren Spencer, University of Alabama at Birmingham-School of Optometry; Trenisha Smith, NOVA Southeastern University-College of Optometry; Sarah Truman, University of the Incarnate Word-Rosenberg School of Optometry; and Martina Webb-Haines, Northeastern State University-Oklahoma College of Optometry.

Alternates
Saadia Tariq, Illinois College of Optometry; Cassondra Lux-O’Callagha, Midwestern University-Arizona College of Optometry; and Lindsay Michaud, New England College of Optometry.