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Celebrating a 25-year history with OneSight

Over 5,000 LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors have given their time to OneSight over the years.
Scroll below to see just a few of the milestones they've helped make happen.

 

  • LENSCRAFTERS DEBUTS GIFT OF SIGHT

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SEEING IS BELIEVING

Glasses are the heart of the solution. Through the efforts of OneSight and the help of LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors, patients receive high-quality eyeglasses customized to their prescription, and a new chance to experience every moment more fully.

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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.

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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.

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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!"

A GREAT NEED HERE AT HOME

Eagle Butte, South Dakota

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.

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Helping Mexico See

Mexico City

The chance to improve lives, one pair of eyes at a time, is what draws volunteers to OneSight. Over five days, outside of Mexico City, LensCrafters and OneSight helped over 2,700 people of all ages get the vision care they needed. Many were elderly folks who’d never had an eye exam. The joy of seeing clearly brought huge smiles. Crys Brown, a LensCrafters optician for over a decade, and an 8-time volunteer, was part of the Cuernavaca clinic team. For Crys, this trip meant more than ever. She got to fulfil her mom’s final wish, and see with her own eyes what a difference accessible vision care makes.

A True Gift of Sight

Mexico City

I’m Crys, an optician at LensCrafters in Roseville, MN. OneSight is personal for me. This photo shows my mom before she passed away. Mom believed just one pair of glasses could change someone’s life and give them hope. Throughout her life, she made it her mission to help people see. Mom collected used glasses from schools, churches and co-workers; she supported every OneSight fundraiser. Before cancer took her, my mom asked me to give her own glasses to someone who really needed them. My work with a OneSight clinic in Cuernavaca, Mexico gave me the chance to give mom’s gift of sight. I’m proud to share our story.

A Perfect Fit

Mexico City

My work with OneSight gave me the chance to meet Ana Beatris. When we met, she couldn’t read the big ‘E’ on the eye chart. She needed to see so she could work. Like others in Cuernavaca, Ana couldn't afford eye care. Ana was examined by Dr. Regina, who said my mom’s Rx glasses were a perfect fit! As Ana looked through the glasses, she almost didn’t smile for fear the beautiful view would end. With the translator’s help, I told her whose glasses they were and what joy I felt giving them to her. Ana smiled; she felt honored to wear my mom’s glasses. At 42, Ana Beatris saw life clearly. It was my OneSight Wow moment.

A GREAT NEED HERE AT HOME

Eagle Butte, South Dakota

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.

STUDENTS SEE THEIR FUTURE

Cincinnati, Ohio

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.

Focus on Kid's Vision

Atlanta, GA

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.

One Act of Kindness Gives Kids a New View

Atlanta, GA

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."

Seeing the Magic

Atlanta, GA

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.

A Vision for Paying it Forward

Atlanta, GA

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.”

Lending a Hand

Atlanta, GA

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.”

HELPING NYC TO SEE

New York City, New York

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.

ONESIGHT EXPANDS
TO WEST AFRICA

The Gambia, West Africa

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.

THE SOUTH AFRICA CLINIC

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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.

A VISION COMES TO LIFE

Thailand

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.

SEEING IS LEARNING

China

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.

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