OneSight Names Five New Partners to Receive Grants for Vision Care Services in Schools

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MASON, Ohio—The OneSight Focus on Sight program, the organization’s sustainable school-based vision center model, which launched last fall, is announcing the five partners who will receive grants for vision care services in schools. By the end of 2018, 15 OneSight school-based vision centers will be open providing nearly 500,000 students and their families with access to vision care and glasses by the end of 2018, the group said.

Thousands of school-based health programs around the country provide health care services to students and their families, however, many are not yet equipped to provide vision care services. OneSight launched the Focus on Sight program last August to provide permanent year-round access to vision care and glasses for underserved students and their families, as VMail reported.

In partnership with the School-Based Health Alliance, OneSight helps to integrate vision care into school-based health programs by providing grants and vision care expertise. Grants are awarded through an application process and grantees are selected based on their history of managing a school-based health center, their focus on sustainability and the need within the community they are serving.

OneSight reported that these are the five partners who will receive 2017 grants for school-based vision centers (SBVC):

• Albany Area Primary Healthcare’s program at Alice Coachmen Elementary School in Albany, Ga.
• La Clinica de la Raza’s program at Youth Heart Health Center in Oakland, Calif.
• Advanced Center for Eyecare’s program serving the Delano Union School District in Delano, Calif.
• Cincinnati Health Department’s program at the Academy of World Languages, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
• Community HealthNet’s program at Calumet High School in Gary, Ind.

“Access to vision care and a pair of glasses is critical to a student’s ability to learn and there is no better feeling than helping a child reach their full potential,” said Mony Iyer, executive director, OneSight. “These first grant recipients are leading the way as we continue to pursue our goal of making sure that every child in the U.S. has access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses.”

OneSight, a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) sponsored and founded by Luxottica, is dedicated to providing sustainable access to a comprehensive eye exam and quality eyewear to those in need around the world. Over the past 28 years, OneSight has helped 9 million people in 46 countries and 49 states see clearly.

With the help of dedicated partners, there are 23 permanent vision centers operating today, providing ongoing access to vision care to nearly five million people. That number is expected to grow to over 20 million people by 2020.