According to the American Optometric Association, one out of four children in the U.S. has an undiagnosed vision problem signaling a vision care crisis that is affecting students’ ability to see and learn. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control Vision recently released a report stating vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children in the United States.
This week 1,500 Chicago-area students will receive comprehensive vision exams and new eyewear free of charge at a OneSight Vision Clinic thanks to a collaboration between Combined Insurance, a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health and life insurance products, and part of the ACE Group of Companies, and OneSight, a leading charity committed to eradicating the global vision crisis by providing sustainable access to quality vision care and eyewear in underserved communities worldwide.
“We believe that by working together, we can eradicate the vision crisis in our lifetime,” said Dr. Jason Singh, O.D., and OneSight Executive Director. “We want all children to see their future and could not provide access to quality vision care without partners like Combined Insurance, whose generous grant makes it possible for these students to see and learn better.”
Since 1995, OneSight has provided eye exams and new glasses to nearly 67,000 children across Illinois through annual Clinics. During OneSight’s upcoming five-day Clinic, affiliated doctors will provide care to 300 students daily from Chicago Public Schools.
Patients will receive comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses manufactured on site though OneSight’s production vehicle known as “EyeVan” – a complete manufacturing facility on wheels. OneSight volunteers work with local community organizations to identify and schedule students in need of vision care services before each Clinic.
Wednesday, October 23, has been designated “Combined Insurance Day” as several employees and executives will volunteer their time to help students through the exam process in partnership with OneSight volunteers and doctors.
“We are honored to support CPS students through our sponsorship of the OneSight Vision Clinic,” said Brad Bennett, president, Combined Insurance. “Our employees are thankful for the opportunity to serve their local community in such a meaningful way and look forward to helping students see their future.”
Working alongside Combined Insurance volunteers are local doctors and associates of Luxottica retail brands, including LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical and ILORI.
Note: Vision Clinic services are scheduled by community partners; walk-in appointments not available.
The need for vision care is staggering — 733 million adults and children worldwide suffer from vision loss. For 563 million, a pair of glasses would restore their vision. OneSight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to solving this global crisis by providing sustainable access to quality vision care, eyewear and sun protection to those in need around the world. Since 1988, OneSight has helped more than eight million people and has granted more than $7 million to fund optical research and education.
Luxottica is proud to be the founding global sponsor of OneSight. Luxottica-affiliated doctors, independent doctors, employees and community partners come together to volunteer their professional skills and expertise to give back to those in need by helping deliver OneSight’s charitable programs. Learn more at onesight.org.
About Combined Insurance
Combined Insurance (www.combinedinsurance.com.) is a leading provider of supplemental accident, health and life insurance products and is a member of the ACE Group of Companies. With a field sales force and corporate staff in excess of 10,000 people worldwide, Combined Insurance meets the growing coverage needs of policyholders around the globe. For more information, call 1-800-490-1322 or visit combinedinsurance.com.
ACE Group is one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 54 countries, ACE provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information can be found at acegroup.com.