The national program ABSee, powered by Pearle Vision and OneSight, will bring high-quality eye care to children in need through an upcoming vision clinic at a school in Atlanta. Pearle Vision, one of the largest optical retailers in North America, and OneSight, a global vision care nonprofit, partnered earlier this month to form ABSee. The two organizations understand that access to quality eye care is critical to help children unlock their true potential and achieve their dreams.
Volunteers from Atlanta-area Pearle Vision locations and OneSight will work together to provide eye exams and glasses to hundreds of students from Atlanta Heights Charter School. During a two-day vision care clinic, volunteers will conduct vision tests and optometrists will perform eye exams on board OneSight’s state-of-the-art mobile vision unit, Eyeleen. “We know that getting a pair of glasses can be life-changing for a child with a vision problem,” said Alex Wilkes, general manager of Pearle Vision. “We are committed to ensuring that every child, especially those with financial need, has access to quality eye care and corrective eyewear.”
One in four school-age children in the U.S. has an undiagnosed vision care problem, according to the American Optometric Association. Because 80 percent of learning is visual for children, it can become a challenge for students to achieve their full potential in school and in life. Pearle Vision was founded by Dr. Stanley Pearle, whose mandate was, “Take care of the people.” Pearle Vision has long prided itself on doing just that, inspiring trust in its patients and adopting the now-iconic slogan, “Nobody cares for eyes more than Pearle.” Wilkes said, “Every day, we see patients in our EyeCare Centers who have vision care needs, and we are there to help them see more clearly or comfortably. But if we truly are the brand that cares for eyes more than anyone else, we also have an obligation to improve the lives of the community outside our doors, and especially for the most vulnerable members of that community. ABSee provides an excellent opportunity for us to do that.”
“OneSight is proud to partner with Pearle Vision to bring clear sight to students in need across our local communities,” said K-T Overbey, OneSight President and Executive Director. “We believe everyone deserves access to clear sight and by working together, we can help students see and learn to their potential this school year and beyond.” The ABSee vision care clinic in Atlanta is one of 10 such clinics planned to bring free eye exams and eyeglasses to hundreds of children over the course of six months. Additionally, Pearle Vision patients will be invited to support ABSee in coming months to increase both the number of clinics and the children being helped at those clinics.
For more information about ABSee, please visit pearlevision.com/ABSee.
About Pearle Vision
Pearle Vision was founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, who began the concept of one-stop, total eye care with the opening of the Pearle Vision Center in Savannah, Ga. Dr. Pearle combined complete eye exams with an extensive selection of eyewear. In 1981, Pearle Vision began offering franchise opportunities to select doctors and opticians. Today, with more than 500 Eye Care Centers located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Pearle Vision is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus to deliver genuine eye care to patients and become the neighborhood trusted source for all their eye care and eye wear needs. Pearle Vision is owned by Luxottica, a leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. For more information, visit PearleVision.com. To learn more about the Pearle Vision franchise opportunity, visit ownapearlevision.com or call 1-800-PEARLE-1.
OneSight is the leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing access to an eye exam and glasses to the 1.1 billion people who have no way to get them. We have a proven model that provides permanent access to vision care and glasses and we are pioneering new ways to deliver quality vision care to the most remote communities. We believe one’s location and circumstances should not stand in the way of one’s potential. Our goal is to create a world where lack of access to vision care is no longer a barrier to human achievement, and every donation gets us one step closer to making that world a reality. For more information, visit www.onesight.org.