Jon, a OneSight team member, stands with a young girl wearing glasses, both wearing face masks, with a sign that reads, “Glasses change lives”.

Vision care for those in need

Aetna teams with nonprofit and local charity to offer vision care to over 275 children and adults at two-day clinic

From November 17 to 19, OneSight, a leading global vision care nonprofit, and North Fulton Community Charities, an organization that empowers North Atlanta, Georgia, residents through emergency assistance, partnered to offer free eye exams and glasses to over 275 children and adults. The three-day charitable clinic was sponsored by Aetna, a CVS Health company, which contributed $50,000.

The event addressed unresolved vision care needs for North Atlantans who may otherwise lack access. Leveraging OneSight’s proven clinic model and manufacturing capabilities, most participants in need of glasses received their newly prescribed eyewear on-site.

“Aetna is committed to extending care to all those who are in need,” said Aetna Market Leader Richard Weiss. “The opportunity to support an event with such a positive impact on the health of the Atlanta region was a natural one. It’s something we saw clearly.”

“NFCC is excited to partner with OneSight to connect families in the community to this impactful medical resource,” said NFCC Director of Assistance Carol Swan. “Vision care is essential, but also elusive for those who are financially vulnerable and can’t afford it. This is a great opportunity for our community, and we are proud to work with OneSight to help them realize it.”

Jon, an OneSight staff member, fits a pair of glasses on a young child in North Atlanta, Georgia.

According to a study by OneSight and Deloitte, there are over 1 billion people around the world who need glasses but do not have access to get them.https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/operations/articles/global-vision-care-crisis.html Studies show that clear sight can dramatically impact learning, job performance and earning potential. Clear sight can help students learn up to twice as much in school and can help increase a worker’s productivity by 35 percent and enable them to earn 20 percent more.

“We’re so happy to have been able to support the North Atlanta community with vision care this week.” said Dawn Yager, OneSight Program Manager, “We appreciate the support from Aetna, North Fulton Community Charities, and so many volunteers and doctors to enable this vision clinic to happen.”

OneSight is a leading global nonprofit dedicated to creating a world where lack of access to vision care is no longer a barrier to human achievement and potential. From one-week charitable clinics to long-term self-sustaining vision centers, OneSight delivers quality eye exams and glasses to underserved populations globally. In 32 years, OneSight has served 10 million people in over 50 countries and has provided permanent vision care access to more than 35 million people.

Founded in 1983, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) serves as a human services agency dedicated to building self-sufficiency and preventing homelessness and hunger for residents in North Fulton in the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell. NFCC assists families with basic essentials such as food, rent and utilities, and clothing for short-term emergencies. Adult education classes ranging from GED Prep and English to Financial Literacy and OSHA Certification are offered at no cost to help create a path to self-sufficiency for their clients. NFCC serves close 10,000 individuals and 4,000 families each year at their facilities in Roswell, Georgia.

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