For over 25 years, LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors* have worked with OneSight to provide quality vision care to more than 9 million people in 41 countries. Together, we help the world see.
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LensCrafters introduces The Gift of Sight program, now known as OneSight, by passing out vouchers for free eyewear in stores across America.
ONESIGHT LAUNCHES FIRST GLOBAL CLINIC
The first global clinic takes place in Costa Rica, where volunteers give 8,600 people the gift of sight.
HOMETOWN DAY CELEBRATED IN STORES
LensCrafters' first Hometown Day, now called One Day, is introduced across all stores, creating the biggest single day of giving back to local communities.
FIRST OFFICIAL VISION VAN HITS THE ROAD
LensCrafters sponsors "Seemore," the first official OneSight Vision Van, which travels from school to school providing free vision care to children.
ONE MILLIONTH PATIENT HELPED
In 1999, a little girl from Washington State named Jessica becomes the 1 millionth patient helped by OneSight.
REGIONAL VISION CLINICS SET UP SHOP
OneSight launches regional clinics in North America to provide quality vision care to schoolchildren.
SIX MILLIONTH PATIENT HELPED
Victory, a monk from Thailand, becomes the 6 millionth patient helped by OneSight at a Global clinic.
LENSCRAFTERS EYEVAN SUPPORTS CLINICS
OneSight introduces EyeVan, a LensCrafters-funded vehicle that travels to regional clinics to manufacture eyewear on site.
8 MILLIONTH PATIENT HELPED
Marokey, a 35-year-old mother of four from Gungur, The Gambia, is the 8 millionth patient helped by OneSight's Global Clinics.
SUSTAINABLE CLINICS OPEN DOORS
OneSight debuts the first sustainable clinic sites at the Oyler School in Cincinnati, OH, and The Gambia in West Africa.
25 YEARS OF VISION CARE WITH LENSCRAFTERS
OneSight honors its 25th year with LensCrafters with a Vision Clinic at the Walking Shield Native American reservation in South Dakota.
NEW RESOURCE CENTER OPENS
LensCrafters lab techs volunteer their time to help open an expanded OneSight Resource Center and Manufacturing Lab in Atlanta, GA.
HELPING NYC SCHOOL CHILDREN SEE
OneSight works with New York City Public Schools to open the first year round Vision Clinic in the city to help serve the 40 percent of families in the school system living below the poverty line.
WHAT ONESIGHT PROVIDES
OneSight helps the world see. Through continued partnerships, volunteer efforts and financial support, OneSight provides comprehensive eye exams, vision care and customized prescription glasses to people in need throughout the world. OneSight and LensCrafters believe good vision isn't a luxury, it's essential to experiencing every moment.
CONTINUOUS EYE CARE
LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors volunteer their time and expertise to train local partners to operate OneSight sustainable vision centers around the world. OneSight has existing sustainable vision centers in The Gambia and Cincinnati, OH, as well as a sustainable initiative in rural China. LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors help equip and empower these centers to make sure the community has permanent access to quality vision care.
QUALITY VISION CARE FOR ALL
Eye exams can be a key step in breaking the cycle of poverty. Whether overseas or here at home, volunteer Independent optometrists at or next to LensCrafters and optical experts from LensCrafters help OneSight by giving their time and passion to provide comprehensive eye exams at Vision Clinics and bring quality vision care to millions in need.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Glasses are the heart of the solution. Through the efforts of OneSight and the help of LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors, 8.5 million people have received a pair of high-quality eyeglasses customized to their prescription, and a new chance to experience every moment more fully.
MEETING THE WORLDWIDE NEED
Through charitable and sustainable solutions like OneSight Vision Clinics and Vision Centers, LensCrafters is committed to helping OneSight meet the immediate and long-term vision care needs of the 563 million people all over the world still struggling to see.
HOW WE PARTICIPATE
School-Based Vision Centers
With an onsite staff providing year-round access to comprehensive eye exams and glasses, OneSight and LensCrafters partner to create sustainable vision centers, empowering students to succeed.
Charitable Vision Clinics
LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors give their time at OneSight Vision Clinics, providing free eye exams and prescription glasses to people in need here and abroad.
Community Vision Centers
With support from LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors, OneSight works with local partners to provide permanent access to affordable eye care and eyewear in underserved communities worldwide.
Real Stories. Real Impact.
Thanks to your donations, we're helping change lives.
WHERE WE VOLUNTEER
Good vision shouldn't have boundaries. OneSight is dedicated to bringing quality vision care to communities in need all over the world. From Indonesia to America, there are LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors on every clinic volunteering their time to help the world see. Click the dots on the map to experience just a few of our favorite stories.
GIVING BACK MORE THAN VISION
Vision Van, Santa Ana, California
Volunteers at the Santa Ana, Ca Vision Van Clinic offered more than good vision to their last clinic patient. Ruth Agatep, LensCrafters GM/clinic coordinator, shares the story of Emanuel Oropeza, Community Day School student: "The techs were wrapping up. When they saw everyone else was gone, they invited Emanuel into the lab to create his lenses. He enjoyed the process so much! His mom was waiting outside. I had her peek into the lab. When Emanuel exited the lab, his mom clapped and cheered for him, saying, 'Hopefully you've inspired him to be a doctor'. Emanuel received more than the gift of sight; he now has a potential career goal!"
In 2013, 80 LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors volunteered with OneSight to provide quality vision care to the Cheyenne River Sioux in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. These associates saw firsthand the transformative power of filling a need for comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses, even here in the United States.
Thanks to the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School in Cincinnati, thousands of public school students and their families no longer have to make the hard choice between basic necessities and vision care. Since its debut in fall of 2012, the vision center has provided quality eye care to more than 30,000 students in Cincinnati. Seeing clearly gives people, especially children, more control over their own lives. This is why sustainable vision care matters.
Around the world, 733 million people suffer from vision loss. Of those, about 563 million can have their sight restored with an eye exam and a pair of glasses. It's that simple. Many of those who suffer are children, who without glasses, can't learn and thrive. That's why LensCrafters and OneSight are committed to bringing sustainable vision to those who need it most. Our recent Atlanta clinic brought together 43 LensCrafters associates and independent doctors who worked tirelessly to help kids get the vision care they've never had.
OneSight donations go directly into giving kids the vision care they need. A donor talks about the process she observed at OneSight. "I got to see how much good can come from a single gift. The doctors and technicians help kids see and then those kids can learn to read." At this inspiring Atlanta clinic, LensCrafters associate Samantha Sakemiller saw it firsthand. "We saw so many kids with high needs. I know with certainty that the glasses we provided will help them see new things, improve their ability to learn, and set them up for success in life."
Matt's been with LensCrafters for two years, as lab technician, sales supervisor and optician—so he knows what it means to fit eyeglasses. But the impact of his first OneSight clinic blew him away. “My experience has been in the store, so I was looking forward to working one-on-one with kids. Over half the kids I saw were at 20/80 vision or worse. Perfect is 20/20! I can't believe how these kids got through the day without glasses”. There were many magical moments, but seeing the kids' faces light up when they see clearly for the very first time—there are no words to describe this.
Nicole Webb joined LensCrafters in part, because of its commitment to giving back to those in need. Right away, Nicole started participating in OneDay's Pay, which allows any Luxottica employee to donate one day of pay to OneSight. “I've been blessed in life and believe in giving back. I'm thrilled to work for a company that believes it too, and makes it a part of the culture.” For Nicole, the chance to be hands on at a OneSight clinic allows her to get involved with vision care on a deeply personal level. She says, “It helps makes me a better associate, and a better person.”
For LensCrafters associate Serena, her first OneSight clinic was an eye-opening experience in hand-holding. “My role was to guide the kids through the process of dilation and tonometer, a machine that measures the pressure in your eyes. This can be scary for kids who have never had their eyes examined before.” One 6-year- old boy named Dylan was nervous about the exam. “As soon as I saw Dylan I could tell he needed some extra TLC. I gave him a sticker book and stayed with him. As he left we gave each other a high-five and a smile.”
Nearly 40 percent of people in New York City live below the poverty line, resulting in many families having to forego good vision care to purchase groceries and keep the lights on. Using the foundation created by the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School in Cincinnati, a year-round vision care clinic will open its doors in New York City at PS 188 in Brooklyn's Coney Island in 2014, followed by another clinic in PS 18 in the Bronx. Sustainable clinics like this one are just one of the many examples of OneSight activities that are supported by donations from LensCrafters customers and associates.
An incredible need brought OneSight to The Gambia, where there was once only one optometrist to serve 1.8 million people. In 2013, OneSight changed all that when it opened its first sustainable vision center in Farafenni, The Gambia, providing the community access to comprehensive eye exams and affordable glasses. Since its debut, the sustainable vision center's staff has seen almost 3,000 patients with an average of 107 patients seen per week.
For 13 days in October 2013, a team of volunteers helped provide hope and sight to 5,000 South Africans during an OneSight Vision Clinic. In KwaZulu-Natal, there is only one optometrist per 26,000 people. During OneSight's time in South Africa, more than 5,000 South Africans were given access to quality vision care and quality eyewear.
Doctor Dana Kindberg has experienced first-hand what sight does for people. Beginning as an associate in a LensCrafters retail store, Dr. Kindberg was inspired to go to optometry school after participating in OneSight Clinics around the world. Later, while volunteering at a Vision Clinic in Thailand, Dr. Kindberg was able to fulfill her mother's last wish: using her glasses to help someone else see. She gave her glasses to Ming, a little girl who needed help seeing in school.
In China's rural regions, Stanford University's Rural Education Action Program (REAP) and OneSight are studying how access to prescription glasses can improve academic life for rural Chinese students, fewer than 5 percent of whom will attend college. Dubbed Seeing Is Learning, this collaborative program could have profound implications for China's future.