OneSight Announces Fifty Charitable Vision Clinics and Sustainable Initiatives in 14 Countries in 2014

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MASON, Ohio— OneSight, a global vision care nonprofit, will expand its sustainable programs and conduct 50 charitable vision clinics to provide access to eyecare and eyewear in 14 countries in 2014. After impacting 8.5 million lives across 40 countries since its inception in 1988, in 2014 OneSight will return to conduct vision clinics in China, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa and Thailand, expand programming in Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam, and continue regional vision care programs in Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and the U.S.

Throughout the U.S. and in Manitoba, Canada, OneSight will host 30 Vision Van and regional clinics focused on providing students with vision care in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Utah, Texas and Wisconsin.

OneSight will also expand its community and school-based sustainable vision care programs in 2014. Based on the success of its 2013 pilot program in Farafenni, The Gambia, OneSight will open three more permanent vision centers and a central manufacturing lab in The Gambia, a small country in West Africa that previously had only one optometrist to serve a population of 1.8 million. OneSight will also expand on the success of the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School in Cincinnati, Ohio, with at least four more school-based OneSight Vision Centers in New York, California and other communities.

“Our 25th anniversary marks us with responsibility,” said Jason Singh, OD, executive director of OneSight. “Based on our experience, we believe OneSight has a mandate to help solve the global vision care crisis affecting 563 million worldwide. We will continue to evolve the charitable programs that have impacted 8.5 million lives since 1988 while applying our expertise to scale new sustainable vision care models that will outlive us all.”

EyeMed Vision Care, one of the leading managed vision care plans in the U.S. and a division of Luxottica Group, (NYSE:LUX) recently announced the expansion of its charitable sponsorship of OneSight’s 2014 Vision Van Program (as reported by VMail Dec. 20, 2013).

As part of its global philanthropic efforts, Luxottica sponsors employee participation to help staff OneSight programs. Through a competitive selection process, Luxottica employees apply to volunteer to give back through OneSight. “In 2014, more than 1,100 Luxottica doctors, affiliated doctors and employees representing 40 countries will volunteer to help staff OneSight clinics and sustainable initiatives,” said Singh. OneSight’s 2014 clinic schedules can be viewed here.