As OneSight’s founding global sponsor, Luxottica provides annual operating support, frames and the engagement of approximately 18,000 doctors and employees. This specialized expertise has allowed OneSight to create sustainable and charitable access to quality vision care and eyewear to build solutions to help the world see.
OneSight in 2015
OneSight hosted charitable Vision Clinics in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam, providing quality vision care and eyewear to those in need.
OneSight and Luxottica have partnered to establish an innovative model to provide permanent and affordable access to vision care.
The following initiatives provided access to vision care for 2 million people in 2015.
in The Gambia, OneSight has opened a total of six permanent vision centers, co-located in regional hospitals, as well as a central manufacturing lab in the capital of Banjul. This West African nation previously had one optometrist to serve 1.8 million people. By the end of 2015, 1.5 million Gambians had access to vision care and 33,000 Gambians have been served by other Gambians. The six vision centers and central manufacturing facility have created 183 jobs that did not previously exist. In 2016, the final vision center in The Gambia is targeted to open, providing access to the entire country.
2015 marked the expansion of OneSight’s community-based sustainable model to a second country, Rwanda. A beautiful country of 12 million people, Rwanda previously had only 10 full-service vision centers. OneSight opened the first hospital-based vision center in Ruhengeri in July providing access to vision care to 360,000 Rwandans. Of the nearly 3,000 patients served, 56% of those who were found to be in need purchased glasses. Five additional vision centers are targeted to open in 2016 plus a central manufacturing facility.
CHINA AND THE “SEEING IS LEARNING” INITIATIVE
in China, OneSight entered the next phase of the partnership with the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) to pilot hospital-based vision centers in two counties.
In 2012, a study began to measure the scope and impact of poor vision among students in rural China. Now the partnership is focused on how to best provide sustainable vision care in these areas. Educators depended on eye exercises to correct vision instead of glasses. After reviewing the Seeing is Learning Program results, Shaanxi Province and Gansu Province have changed their education policy, making eyewear programs the number one way to address poor vision in schools.
Through the 2015 Seeing is Learning Program, 1,500 students were screened – 28% of whom failed the screening – and 1,200 pairs of glasses were made and dispensed.
as the school-based health care trend (medical, dental and behavioral care) continues, OneSight is uniquely positioned to provide vision care in schools. The OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the first self-sustaining school-based vision care program in the United States, giving year-round access to 30,000 students in Cincinnati public schools. Now in its third year, over 3,500 students received exams (+20% over 2014) and 70% of those needed glasses.
In 2015, OneSight established partnerships in California, Louisiana, Nebraska, New York and Ohio that will result in seven new sustainable school-based vision center locations in 2016-2017.
ONESIGHT COLLECTION BY LUXOTTICA
One year after the launch of the new OneSight Collection by Luxottica, 100% of patients are receiving new glasses made with their exact prescription. In 2015, 85% of those frames were from the OneSight Collection.
OneSight believes in giving its best to those who need it most. Last year, OneSight held six manufacturing clinics, where Luxottica volunteers produced complete pairs of eyewear in prescription ranges most commonly needed for global clinics. During the manufacturing events, volunteers produced eyewear to support global vision clinics.
In 2016, more than 1,200 Luxottica employees representing 36 countries, doctors and partners will come together to directly serve more than 300,000 people, while providing nearly 3.4 million people access to vision care.
EXPANDING CHARITABLE VISION CLINICS TO NEW COUNTRIES
OneSight will return to Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. OneSight will also initiate programming in Zambia for the first time and return to Tanzania for the first time in 20 years. In 2016, OneSight will host 50+ charitable clinics in 12 countries.
EXPANDING SUSTAINABLE VISION CARE MODELS AROUND THE WORLD
In 2016, OneSight will expand its Sustainable Vision Center Program:
- Open the final vision center in The Gambia, completing the vision care system for the entire country;
- Expand the model in Rwanda with five additional vision centers and a central manufacturing facility;
- Continue to partner with LV Prasad Eye Institute in India to open 10 vision centers;
- Through OneSight’s partnership with the Rural Education Action Program (REAP), open two vision centers in rural China;
- Continue to build on the success of the OneSight vision center at Oyler School, OneSight will expand the school-based model to six locations in 2016 with plans to have ten locations open by the end of 2017.