CHICAGO – Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety organization, has partnered with OneSight(SM), a Luxottica Group Foundation dedicated to improving vision through outreach, research and education, to provide free eyeglass frames and prescription lenses at locations across the country. The Prevent Blindness America “Healthy Eyes Eyeglass Program” provides cards to
individuals that can be utilized through the OneSight program at any participating LensCrafters, Sears Optical, Target Optical or select Pearle Vision locations.
Patients who participate in a vision screening through Prevent Blindness America, a Prevent Blindness America affiliate or one of the organization’s many health program partners, and receive a referral for an exam to an eye care professional, may then bring their new prescription with the card to participating locations.
“Today, there are so many Americans who are unable to fully enjoy some of life’s simplest pleasures just because they can’t see clearly,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “Thanks to the generous support from OneSight and the Luxottica Group, we are now able to help give the gift of sight to many in underserved populations.”
According to a study by Prevent Blindness America in 2007, approximately $5.51 billion is spent annually by Americans ages 40 and older on direct medical costs for outpatient services associated with a refractive error. As of today, there are more than 45 million Americans over the age of 40 with myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness).
And, more than 12.1 million school-age children have some form of vision problem, yet only one in three children in America have received eye care services before the age of six, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since much of a child’s learning is done visually, the importance of clear vision is paramount to a child’s success at school.
For more information about Prevent Blindness America and the Healthy Eyes Eyeglass Program, please call (800) 331-2020 or visit Prevent Blindness.