In 2015, OneSight
will serve more than
while giving nearly 2 million people
access to vision care
What is OneSight?
OneSight is an independent nonprofit committed to eradicating the global vision care crisis for the more than half a billion people who could have their lives changed and vision restored with an eye exam and glasses.
As OneSight’s founding global sponsor, Luxottica provides annual operating support, frames and the engagement of their 75,000 doctors and employees.
This specialized expertise has allowed OneSight to create sustainable and charitable access to quality vision care and eyewear in under-resourced communities worldwide.
OneSight in 2014
OneSight hosted charitable Vision Clinics in Australia, Brazil, China, 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.
In the Gambia, OneSight has created four permanent Vision Centers, co-located in regional hospitals, as well as a central manufacturing lab in the capital of Banjul.
For perspective, this West African nation previously had one optometrist to serve 1.8 million people.
The initiative started by creating a local marketing campaign to increase awareness for the impact vision correction can have on a person’s life.
As a result, in 2014, the centers provided care to 17,688 Gambians in Farafenni, Bansang, Kanifing and Brikama.
As importantly, more than 95% of the glasses manufactured for patients in the Gambia were made in country, by Gambians.
Luxottica employees trained and empowered the local people who were responsible for this incredible success.
By the end of 2015, three more vision centers will open to complete the vision care system for the entire country.
OneSight has extended its partnership with Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Program (REAP).
The shared vision for the partnership is to increase awareness for the need for vision care, with the goal of informing potential policy to deliver access to vision care in rural China.
As part of the first phase of the “Seeing is Learning” study, 20,000 school-aged students in the Yulin region were screened and examined to determine the need for glasses.
These students were followed regularly to monitor the positive impact glasses had on their academic performance.
The results were impressive: glasses improved performance by an entire grade level, and for this reason the study has been endorsed by the Chinese government.
The second phase will test the piloting of a vision center model aimed at expanding access to quality vision care in rural China, thereby helping nearly 10,000 more adults and children.
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. In 2014, over 4,000 students received exams and 65% of those needed glasses.
The first OneSight Collection by Luxottica frames were distributed in Nicaragua in May 2014. The collection was made possible by a large-scale collaborative effort by a team of Luxottica experts in product development, design, planning and production from Italy, China and North America.
The frames have revolutionized the way OneSight serves patients, making it possible to offer new eyewear that meets universal needs while providing glasses made to each patient’s specific prescription.
OneSight believes in giving its very best to those who need it most. Last year, OneSight held eight 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 Vision Clinics hosted in Mexico and Nicaragua.
Expanding charitable vision clinic to new countries
OneSight will return to Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. OneSight will also initiate programming in Colombia and Puerto Rico for the first time.
Expanding sustainable vision care models in africa and north america
In 2015, OneSight will expand its Sustainable Vision Center Program:
- Open three more vision centers in the Gambia, completing the vision care system for the entire country.
- Pilot sustainable clinics in Rwanda, in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda.
- Open 28 vision centers over the next three years in India through a partnership with LV Prasad Eye Institute.
- Expand the school-based model by two locations in 2015 with hopes to have 10 locations open in 2016, following the success of the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School, Ohio.
- Use OneSight Collection by Luxottica frames for 85% of glasses dispensed.