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Essilor Vision Foundation Continues Expansion in 2015

Essilor Vision Foundation Continues Expansion in 2015

In its seventh year of operation, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is on track to nearly double its original goal set for 2015 of 52,000 pairs of glasses dispensed  to those in need. In 2014, EVF, through mobile vision clinics, school vision days and Kids Vision Fests, provided 175,000 vision screenings, performed more than 32,000 comprehensive eye exams and dispensed 40,000 pairs of glasses to children and teens in need, all at no cost to families. This year, at the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles, Essilor Vision Foundation joined the Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes Initiative to provide vision screenings, prescription glasses, sunglasses and sports goggles to athletes. As part of the World Games, the Foundation sponsored the GenUin Social Impact Summit by Generation United, along with two Filipino students, Sashi and Brina. The students presented a program proposing an eye fair in the Philippines to bring awareness to the importance of corrected vision through entertainment. “2015 has been a great year for Essilor Vision Foundation and Kids Vision for Life as we’ve continued to expand our program among new audiences reaching even more people in need,” said Bob...
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Chicago Public Schools Vision Program Chooses Classic Optical To Improve On-Site Eyeglass Delivery System

Chicago Public Schools Vision Program Chooses Classic Optical To Improve On-Site Eyeglass Delivery System

Earlier this year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Vision Program chose Classic Optical to improve its on-site eyeglass delivery system to correct students’ vision problems and equip them for success in school and in life. On June 4th this innovative vision care model for CPS students reached a milestone as the program dispensed its 50,000th pair of eyeglasses. Classic Optical Laboratories, Inc. (Classic Optical) is helping to change lives and improve learning for Chicago Public School (CPS) children through an innovative partnership with the Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) and Modern Optical International (Modern Optical), delivering the most precious gift — vision. Recognizing that vision deficiencies are a barrier to learning, in 2014, the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) issued an RFI to search for an Optical Lab Partner that could provide quality eyeglasses to all CPS students in need. Furthermore, they sought a Lab that could establish an efficient delivery system, as well as ensure rapid turnaround on the prescribed eyewear. Classic Optical, one of the nation’s preeminent ophthalmic fabrication laboratories, met all the specified criteria and was selected...
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Essilor Vision Foundation And Kids Vision For Life Present Kids Vision Fest On April 30th – May 1st

Essilor Vision Foundation And Kids Vision For Life Present Kids Vision Fest On April 30th – May 1st

Did you know that 80 percent of what a child learns is through his eyes and that almost 25 percent of school children may have vision issues that affect their ability to learn? (American Optometric Association) In an effort to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences, Kids Vision for Life, a program in partnership with Essilor Vision Foundation and the Alcon Foundation will host Kids Vision Fest on Thursday and Friday, April 30th & May 1st, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at Lincoln Elementary School, located at 425 S. Sullivan Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703. Kids Vision Fest will provide vision screenings, eye exams and new eyeglasses at no cost to children in need ages 5 to 12. Kids Vision Fest organizers estimate more than 300 students in need of vision services will receive eye exams and new glasses at no cost to the family. Optometrists will be on hand to provide the services, and, if an eye doctor determines a child needs glasses, the child will choose from a selection of designer eyeglass frames. The glasses will be delivered to the child’s school within 4 to 5 weeks from the event. Kids Vision Fest 2015 is providing a resource that is needed by...
Essilor Creates The Vision For Life™ Program Dedicated To Eliminating Poor vision

Essilor Creates The Vision For Life™ Program Dedicated To Eliminating Poor vision

Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, announces the creation of the Vision For Life program, a pioneering step in the company’s mission to improve lives by improving sight. The Group has committed 30 million Euros to this initiative, making it the largest global strategic giving program dedicated to eliminating Uncorrected Refractive Error (URE). URE, or poor vision, is the most common disability in the world, and an estimated 2.5 billion people do not have the vision correction they need. Visual impairment has significant social and economic repercussions – the latter calculated to be worth as much as USD 272 billion in lost global productivity1 per year. Vision For Life is a strategic giving program that aims to accelerate initiatives targeting poor vision through awareness-raising, capacity-building and the creation of basic vision care infrastructure. The sustainable development of local vision care will create jobs, help alleviate poverty and bring socio-economic development to individuals and the communities in which they live. “The launch of the Vision For Life program is a natural sequel to the creation of our Corporate Mission division in 2013 and...
Kids Vision For Life Kicks Off Nationwide Mobile Clinic Tour Focusing On Eye Care For Kids In Need

Kids Vision For Life Kicks Off Nationwide Mobile Clinic Tour Focusing On Eye Care For Kids In Need

As part of its ongoing commitment to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences, today Kids Vision for Life announced that it is taking its values and vision to 12 cities around the country as part of a nationwide mobile clinic tour. The nationwide tour is all part of an effort to build awareness within various communities among parents and educators and their elected officials, while providing vision services to students in need at no cost to the families. As part of the tour, elementary school students will receive examinations and vision screenings, and those in need of glasses can select their own frames to be delivered the same day or within a few weeks, depending on the complexity of the prescription. The mobile tour departed from Dallas, on October 6, 2014, and will make its final stop in Memphis, Tenn., on November 16, 2014. “We are continuously looking for innovative ways to spread our message and build awareness about the strong connection between healthy vision and education,” said Stephen Shawler, president, Essilor Vision Foundation. “The mobile tour not only helps us achieve that goal, but also allows us to expand our services to additional cities around...
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Kids Vision for Life Receives $50K Donation Through Social Media Campaign

Kids Vision for Life Receives $50K Donation Through Social Media Campaign

As part of its ongoing commitment to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences, Kids Vision for Life has teamed with spokeswoman Jennie Garth and Alcon’s THE eyeSOLUTION™ for its “Get an A+ in Eye Care” campaign. Through the initiative, which works to educate families about the importance of vision health as they prepare for the new school year, Alcon is donating $50,000 to Kids Vision for Life after receiving 50,000 “likes” on THE eyeSOLUTION Facebook page. Launched in 2008 by the Essilor Vision Foundation, Kids Vision for Life is a cost-effective approach that aims to remove poor vision as a barrier to children learning at their full capacity. Through mobile clinics in schools, vision fests at central locations, and special events, Kids Vision for Life provides vision services to in-need students across the U.S. at no cost to the families. “Every day, we learn more about the critical connection between strong, healthy vision and a student’s educational experience,” said Stephen Shawler, president of Essilor Vision Foundation. “Research shows that 25 percent of U.S. school children have a vision problem significant enough to affect learning, a statistic...
Essilor & Essilor Vision Foundation Launch Campaigns To Promote Upcoming World Sight Day

Essilor & Essilor Vision Foundation Launch Campaigns To Promote Upcoming World Sight Day

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, and Essilor Vision Foundation will join Essilor Group subsidiaries and partners from around the world in a digital campaign—#bettersightbetterlife— to raise awareness of the importance of vision care for World Sight Day on Oct. 9. The #bettersightbetterlife campaign is being launched by Essilor and Essilor Vision Foundation to build awareness of the significant socioeconomic costs resulting from poor vision, compared with the relative ease of correcting and preventing vision problems. World Sight Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is an annual day that draws global attention to blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The event serves as a significant opportunity to raise public awareness about the importance of good vision through regular eye exams and effective vision equipment. Through #bettersightbetterlife, Essilor and Essilor Vision Foundation are urging social media users around the world to sponsor World Sight Day by pledging support through their Twitter and Facebook profiles. The #bettersightbetterlife video is available here. To pledge support...
Essilor Vision Foundation Places 1st In Hearts At Special Olympics

Essilor Vision Foundation Places 1st In Hearts At Special Olympics

Through their partnership with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program, the Essilor Vision Foundation provided more than 475 pairs of glasses to athletes at the Special Olympics Texas Summer Games May 24-25, 2013, at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “The Special Olympics Texas Summer Games is a prime example of Essilor Vision Foundation’s ongoing commitment to the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program,” said Stephen Shawler, president of Essilor Vision Foundation. “We provide glasses at more than 50 Opening Eyes events each year, and we’re excited to help these athletes experience a better life through better sight.” Since 2002, Essilor Vision Foundation has been the exclusive global supplier of corrective lenses for the Special Olympics-Lions Club International Opening Eyes vision care program, and in 2012, the Foundation committed another 10 years as a global partner. As part of the Healthy Athletes program launched in 1997, Opening Eyes promotes healthy vision for Special Olympic athletes and includes vision screenings, corrective and sports protective eyewear for athletes in need and referrals for athletes requiring follow-up...
Essilor Employees Pledge To Raise $1 Million

Essilor Employees Pledge To Raise $1 Million

In commemoration of World Sight Day, Essilor employees today launched a three-year, $1-million fundraising  campaign benefiting the Essilor Vision Foundation, which will provide vision screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses free of charge to thousands of schoolchildren who cannot afford them otherwise. Research shows that without proper vision care, children may face lifelong struggles with literacy, low self-esteem, unemployment, poverty and crime. “Approximately one in four American children has an uncorrected vision problem – and the number can climb much higher in inner-city communities. Unfortunately, research suggests that only 1 in 9 children are wearing glasses today,” said Stephen Shawler, president of the Essilor Vision Foundation. “So for those of us involved with the Essilor Vision Foundation, every day is World Sight Day. Our clear-cut mission is simply knowing that providing new glasses to a child can have a profound effect on their life … not only academically in the short term, but socially in the long term.” Essilor Vision Foundation’s mission is “to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences.” In addition to providing vision services, the...
Crizal Lenses Featured In Golden Globes Luxury Gift Lounge

Crizal Lenses Featured In Golden Globes Luxury Gift Lounge

DALLAS – Jan., 2012 – Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, is helping celebrities look their best while protecting their eyes from the California sun this award season with Crizal SunShield™ lenses. The company will gift luxury sunwear to top celebrities, VIPs and entertainment media through its participation in GBK Production’s Luxury Gift Lounge Jan. 12-14 at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The annual event will be held in honor of the 69th Annual Golden Globes nominees and presenters. An exclusive list of guests will receive polarized sunwear with Crizal® SunShield in luxury frames and will pose for photographs in Crizal eyewear, signing a special poster, which Essilor will donate to the Essilor Vision Foundation. GBK Productions, a leading luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, consistently provides an unmatched environment for sharing the latest trends while making charitable donations a focal point of each event. “We look forward to introducing Crizal lenses to the entertainment world as the exclusive eyewear partner in GBK’s Golden Globes Gift Lounge,” said Carl Bracy, senior vice president...
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Essilor Vision Foundation Serving More Than 70,000 Children

Essilor Vision Foundation Serving More Than 70,000 Children

DALLAS – Dec., 2011 – The Essilor Vision Foundation is pleased to announce it has screened more than 70,000 children and provided over 15,000 pairs of glasses as it nears its fourth anniversary in the spring of 2012. Now with two mobile exam buses, the Foundation has concentrated its efforts on U.S. elementary school children including establishing more than 100 Adopt-A-School programs, furthering its goal to provide “Better Sight for a Better Life.” The Foundation also announces it has appointed two new leaders to further its efforts to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Effective Jan. 1, Bob Colucci will replace Jacques Stoerr as chairman of the Essilor Vision Foundation, and Stephen Shawler will replace Ed Fjordbak as president of the Essilor Vision Foundation. “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as the Foundation’s chairman, and I’m leaving it in very capable hands under Bob’s and Steve’s leadership,” said Jacques Stoerr as outgoing chairman of the Essilor Vision Foundation. “We could not have achieved such success without the help of numerous individuals and organizations, including Essilor employees, Essilor Vision Foundation employees,...
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