The Gift of Sight: Project NYSee

It all started with a simple pair of glasses and a group of LensCrafters associates who wanted to help their community see. Now, its grown into a global non-profit organization committed to eradicating the world’s vision crisis.

In the beginning – which was in 1988, by the way – it was just an idea. Helping the community while using their talents. Because of their passion, LensCrafters associates created the “Give the Gift of Sight” in-store program to give vouchers for free new eyewear in LensCrafters stores to those in need.

In 1990, the eyewear collection program was launched, where used eyewear would be recycled for use on international missions and give to those in need. The first global clinic in Costa Rica in 1991 helped 8,600 people!

Fast forward to today, where LensCrafters associates has helped give over 8.5 million people the gift of sight, and we are still working toward OneSight’smission to eradicate the world’s vision crisis. Yesterday, LensCrafters and OneSight announced its sponsorship of a school based vision clinic in partnership with OneSight, and New York City’s United Federation of Teachers (UFT) as part of Project NYSee. The new partnership will provide New York City public school students with sustainable access to the quality vision care they need and deserve to see and learn their best.

Project NYSee officially launched yesterday and local students receive free eye exams and new glasses onboard OneSight’s Vision Van when it parks at PS335/MS584 in Brooklyn for two days.

The long-term focus of Project NYSee is to provide sustainable, year-round access to quality vision care as part of The NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative (NYCCLSI). NYCCLSI aims to improve student achievement by meeting the health, safety and social service needs of students, parents and communities by facilitating partnerships between public schools, nonprofits and local businesses and government agencies to connect vital services to public school buildings.

As part of NYCCLSI, OneSight is working with local health partners and The SUNY College of Optometry to open a school-based vision centers at PS 188 in Brooklyn this fall. The OneSight Vision Center at PS188 will be operated by Lutheran Family Health Centers with sponsorship and volunteer support from LensCrafters.

LensCrafters is proud to support OneSight, and the New York City’s United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in a collective effort to give the gift of sight!
“Local doctors, technicians and teams from EyeMed, LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut and other community partners are volunteering their services to support area children. The Clinic team will manufacture the majority of prescription glasses onsite ensuring students who visit the Vision Van will receive their new glasses about 30 minutes after their eye exam. We deeply believe in this cause and are passionate about using our optical expertise and lab skills to help kids here in New York City and worldwide through OneSight.”

~ Donna Sullivan, Volunteer Clinic Coordinator and Regional General Manager with LensCrafters, who has supported OneSight with employee volunteers and funding since 1988.

The American Optometric Association reports that one out of four U.S. students has an undiagnosed vision problem impacting their ability to see and learn to their full potential

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children in the United States.
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